TRPA board approves first Tahoe area plan
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board unanimously passed Lake Tahoe’s first area plan at its Wednesday meeting.
The Douglas County South Shore Area Plan is one of many plans under construction in the region that outlines goals for a specific area at Lake Tahoe. The plan specifically assesses the area of the casino corridor, Edgewood Tahoe and nearby businesses and gives developers, government officials and business owners a consistent economic goal.
The newly amended TRPA Regional Plan specifies three priorities, also mentioned in the area plan, which are to accelerate water quality improvements as well as other ecological aspects, transfer permitting processes to local governments — in this case, Douglas County — and create more access routes for pedestrians and cyclists.
The board approved the Douglas County South Shore Area Plan and associated documents, such as code amendments of the plan, the area plan memorandum of understanding and county residential activities within the plan.
“It’s important that people know there are no specific projects proposed and there are no specific mandates,” Douglas County Manager Steve Mokrohisky said, adding the area plan does not change the regulations set by the TRPA Regional Plan Update, which was adopted by the board in December.
Although the TRPA Regional Plan is the main law for development in the Lake Tahoe Basin, it has been challenged by a lawsuit from the Tahoe Area Sierra Club, and a federal judge has yet to make a ruling.
Policies targeted throughout the plan are to continue regional growth where possible, but it is geared more toward promoting redevelopment. The plan also aims to have property owners with development rights transfer rights out of environmentally sensitive areas into main town areas. The incentive for this is that ... http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/news/8296226-113/plan-area-tahoe-areas