Public input ensures Placer County’s Tahoe Basin plan gains multi-agency approvals

Published on October 28, 2015

Placer County continues making progress on an update to the Tahoe Basin Area Plan. County Planning Services staff works closely with citizen advisory groups, stakeholders, consultants and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) to ensure the plan is on the right track.

The update effort, begun in 2011, has involved extensive public outreach and interaction with the Tahoe community. Staff continues to work with TRPA, coordinating the county’s efforts so they conform to TRPA’s Regional Plan. The county and TRPA are now jointly preparing an environmental document for the county’s area plan.

A draft of the area plan and a public noticing of the environmental document preparation were released in early June. About 20 written comments were received during the area plan’s 60-day comment period. In addition, many oral comments were received at public meetings held during the comment period.  Based on input received, staff has begun preparation of the environmental document and has made refinements to the Area Plan.

The county has also prepared a North Tahoe Parking Study to outline community-wide solutions to parking issues in the Tahoe Basin. Updated parking standards and design guidelines were reflected in the draft Area Plan released in June. The county continues to explore feasibility and funding options for future parking programs and will continue stakeholder outreach.

Moving forward, staff will hold additional public meetings with the citizen advisory groups and provide updates to the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council . Staff anticipates the release of a public review draft of the area plan and draft environmental documents in early 2016. Both these documents will have a 60-day public comment period.

After these comment periods close, staff will work with consultants to prepare a final environmental document and a final area plan. The final plan will first go before the Placer County Planning Commission for its consideration. After commission consideration, the plan will then go before the Board of Supervisors for adoption. Should the board approve the document, it would then be submitted to TRPA for review and approval.

Tahoe Basin Area Plan