North Lake Tahoe Parking Management Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Residential Parking Permit Areas

  1. Can there be discounted rates for residents?

The possibility of discounted rates for residents is being considered as part of the program development. The community's input is being sought on all program elements, including this aspect. 

  1. What is the actual cost of printing up residential parking permits?
  1. Do residential permit parking restrictions disproportionately impact people who are choosing to live in an already walkable area?
  1. Don’t we want more people in walking distance of the commercial areas?
  1. The residents don’t need the parking in the winter so why do they need it in the summer?

Town Center - Commercial Area Paid Parking

  1. Sidewalks aren’t swept/plowed, so how will people walk far if they can’t park close?

The current proposal specifically targets the implementation of a summer parking management program, which does not extend to the winter months. Its primary emphasis is on the town center areas, aiming to address parking issues during peak visitation periods. Regular sidewalk maintenance and snow removal are conducted as part of the Kings Beach Benefit Assessment District and through an ordinance in Tahoe City that ensures the maintenance of sidewalks. Furthermore, the County, in collaboration with TRPA (Tahoe Regional Planning Agency), remains steadfast in its commitment to continually enhance mobility both within and beyond the town centers. This includes exploring opportunities for expanded maintenance initiatives, subject to the availability of funding.

  1. Does a business owner have to pay for employees parking?
  1. Can employee parking permits be provided for free?

Beaches & Recreational Site Paid Parking

  1. Can enforcement times for beaches start earlier in the summer and on Saturday/Sunday (i.e., 8:00 am)?

We are soliciting community input on all program elements at this time. Starting enforcement earlier in the summer and on weekends is a suggestion that will be considered further. However, no final decisions have been made regarding this matter.

  1. Will the County charge for raft parking?
  1. People get to Tahoe by car. What do they do with their cars since there won’t be adequate parking paid or otherwise?
  1. Why didn’t you address the need for ski areas to limit their number of patrons?

Operations & Administration

  1. Can we give one warning and then cite and if the same vehicle doesn’t move, maybe tow after non-compliance?

The provisions of the California Vehicle Code govern, and we must be consistent with the provisions of state law.

  1. Maybe code compliance can take over winter parking enforcement?
  1. Why has an RV been allowed to park continuously in the neighborhood (was on Racoon and then moved to Salmon)?
  1. Who are you going to get to write those tickets?
  1. If this Parking Management Plan is implemented and funds are collected who is proposed to manage the funding?
  1. Code enforcement staffing additions also must be taken into consideration. Where will those funds be sourced?
  1. Who are you going to get to fix broken meters?
  1. When will it ever really be “enough” parking?
  1. Won’t buses and micro transit also be stalled in peak period traffic?
  1. Will the SR 267 and 89 extra lanes be exclusively for buses?
  1. What will the $2M net be used for?
  1. Aren’t the County parking lots part of a scheme for RV overnight parking?
  1. How does that restriction for no overnight RV parking jive with the County proposal?
  1. Why isn’t the County considering the impacts on traffic and parking from the increased density proposals (TBAP) for the Town and Village Centers? 
  1. How will these proposals affect TRPA’s multi-family 60 units/acre regional plan update proposal?

Kings Beach - Specific

  1. How about some one-way streets to create better parking opportunities?

This is a question that needs further review and analysis on a case-by-case basis as part of program development.

  1. If you are going to the hardware store in Kings Beach or Safeway, will you have to pay for parking?
  1. Won’t parking issues just be moved further into the grid?
  1. Why not have residential permit parking for the Kings Beach Grid first?

Tahoe City – Specific

  1. For business owners near the “wye” in Tahoe City – where would employees park?

We don’t have these details worked out yet; it is part of program development, and we are soliciting community input on all program elements at this time. There will be substantial follow-up and conversations with Tahoe City community members and business owners, and ultimately decisions made by the Board of Supervisors, to be able to answer this question.

General questions

  1. What can I do if I don’t agree with the program?

The Placer County Board of Supervisors (“Board”) has directed staff to develop a parking management program as part of the Resort Triangle Transportation Plan (RTTP) that the Board adopted in October 2020. The Board has the authority to ultimately decide on staff proposed ordinance changes, to make policy decisions through the public hearing process, and to vote on actions related to program development and implementation. By participating in the public outreach process, sharing feedback, and voicing your concerns to the Board, you can actively contribute to shaping the program's direction and outcome.

  1. When is the soonest a paid parking program would go into effect?