Stateline, Nevada – The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Governing Board on Wednesday unanimously approved Placer County’s Tahoe Basin Area Plan and the Tahoe City Lodge Project.
“This is the fourth area plan approved at Lake Tahoe and an important milestone for implementing the 2012 Regional Plan,” said Joanne S. Marchetta, executive director of TRPA. “With this plan, we can take significant steps to improve the environment and strengthen communities on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore.”
To promote redevelopment and community revitalization, the area plan allows the limited conversion of existing development to new property uses through greater flexibility in Lake Tahoe’s development rights system. Through the program, existing commercial floor area can be converted into the accommodation units needed for tourist lodging projects. The new tourist lodging must have sidewalks, must be located within a designated town center and within one-quarter mile of transit service, and must include best management practices to prevent stormwater pollution. Up to 200 tourist lodging units may be established through the conversion program.
Reviewed and approved as an example of how the Tahoe Basin Area Plan can be used to revitalize communities and restore the environment, the 118-unit Tahoe City Lodge Project will redevelop a blighted building at the Tahoe City Golf Course into a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) level hotel with a mix of hotel rooms and one- and two-bedroom suites, a ground floor restaurant, a rooftop pool and bar, conference facilities, a new clubhouse for the golf course, and parking lot charging stations for zero-emission electric vehicles. The project will reduce coverage at the site by 10,080 square feet and restore 1.7 acres of stream environment zone.
“Today’s approval reflects the hard work and support of many stakeholders in the Tahoe City community, all of whom helped shape this project to be a win for the local economy, a win for the environment, and a win for the future of Tahoe City,” said Samir Tuma, the Tahoe City Lodge project applicant. “As the first new North Shore lodging project in decades, we’re excited to bring visitors to local businesses, employ local residents, and help catalyze the revitalization of the community.”
For additional information, contact Tom Lotshaw, Public Information Officer, at (775) 589-5278.