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Volunteers Needed to Serve On Planning Teams for Tahoe Basin Community Plan Update

December 23, 2011

Placer County is looking for volunteers to serve on planning teams being organized to help the county update its long-range community plan for North Lake Tahoe.

Four planning teams with seven to nine members each are being established to help the county develop a zoning ordinance and design guidelines for each of four planning areas to be included in the updated community plan:

  • North Tahoe East, which covers Kings Beach and the Stateline community;
  • Greater Tahoe City, which includes Tahoe City, Tahoe City Gateway, Lake Forest, and Dollar Hill;
  • North Tahoe West, including Carnelian Bay and Tahoe Vista; and
  • The West Shore, which includes Sunnyside, Homewood and Tahoma.

“We are looking for community members with diverse backgrounds and interests to help shape the character of their communities,” said 5th District Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery. “I strongly encourage people to apply, because this is an opportunity that comes along only every 20 years.”

Supervisor Montgomery represents North Lake Tahoe on the Placer County Board of Supervisors.

Generally, the county will give priority in selecting planning team members to applicants who have active Tahoe Basin businesses located in Placer County or are registered to vote and have their primary residences in Tahoe Basin communities within Placer County.

However, Placer County strongly encourages people who own second homes in Tahoe Basin communities within Placer County to apply if they are interested in serving on planning teams. Their applications will be considered if openings remain after applications from business owners and year-round residents are reviewed.

Planning team members must be willing to donate a minimum of 8 to 10 hours bi-monthly. Only two absences from planning team meetings will be allowed in a six-month period.

To be considered, applications must be received or postmarked by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Placer County currently has nine community plans for the Tahoe Basin. Most are joint planning documents developed about 20 years ago by the county and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA).

TRPA is in the process of updating its regional plan, and all community plans within the Tahoe Basin must be consistent with the regional plan.

Through its update process, Placer County intends to consolidate the nine plans into a single policy document with the four planning areas. Each planning area will have its own distinct zoning ordinance and community-specific design guideline standards.

The county’s update process involves three agencies: the Placer County Community Development Resource Agency, Placer County Redevelopment Agency and TRPA.

Application forms are available online to be downloaded or filled out and submitted electronically. To apply for a position on one of the four teams, click on the following link: Tahoe Basin Community Plan Update Team, and choose of of the four team options.

People who choose not to submit applications electronically can mail them to the Planning Services Division, 3091 County Center Drive, Suite 140, Auburn, CA 95603.

For more information, call Crystal Jacobsen at 530-745-3085 or send her an e-mail at