Zoning project won’t change much
Lake Tahoe and Douglas County planners don’t expect a proposed zoning change to affect many people besides making it easier to work with the agencies in the county’s portion of the Tahoe Basin.
“We’ve gotten quite a few calls on this,” said Mimi Moss, planning and economic development manager for Douglas County. “That’s usually the first thing they ask: How does this change things? It doesn’t.”
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has what it calls Plan Area Statements, which govern what kind of development can happen in certain areas of the basin. Historically, the basin’s jurisdictions – the counties and the city of South Lake Tahoe – often have had different zoning regulations. TRPA’s rules and Douglas County’s sometimes conflict.
Douglas County is planning to adopt TRPA’s Plan Area Statements to create consistency.
The reason the proposed change isn’t supposed to create waves in the building community is because, in most cases, TRPA’s rules are more restricting, and all development already has to comply with the rules.
“We’re not changing what’s allowed in the Plan Area Statements,” said Pete Wysocki, senior planner in Douglas County. “Basically, what TRPA currently allows will continue to be allowed.
“All in all, people should not, or will not, notice a difference,” he added.
Rick Angelocci, special programs administrator for TRPA, agreed.
“This just puts us all on the same page,” he said.
The Douglas County Planning Commission is scheduled to hear about the zoning changes Tuesday. The county commission likely will take its first look at the change on Feb. 17.
What: Douglas County Planning Commission meeting
When: Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Douglas County Administration Building, 1616 Eighth Street, Minden
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Monday re-opened enrollment for its state health insurance exchange, hoping more people will buy coverage now that the federal government is offering new assistance that could lower monthly premiums by $1,000 or more in some cases.