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Kings Beach the Focus of Community Plan Updating Efforts

June 07, 2013

Lake Tahoe has long been known worldwide for its renowned beauty. Writer Mark Twain in his 1872 book, Roughing It, wrote of first seeing the lake that, “As it lay there with the shadows of the mountains brilliantly photographed upon its still surface I thought it must surely be the fairest picture the whole earth affords."


While Twain’s written descriptions of the lake helped fuel its promotion as a natural wonder, international attention was focused on Lake Tahoe when the 1960 Winter Olympics were held in Squaw Valley. Since then, the Tahoe Basin and its environs have become known internationally as a year-round outdoor playground. Development has occurred in the Basin and many people have either moved there or visit with varying degrees of regularity to enjoy the myriad activities that are available.


 A summer day at Lake Tahoe.
It is an unfortunate irony that the beauty that attracts visitors and residents alike is also partly responsible for degradation of the lake’s famed clarity. The development, air pollution, sediment- and nutrient-filled runoff that ultimately reach the lake have increased as  more people visit or move to the lake. Balancing environmental protection of the lake and its aesthetics with economic viability is a difficult effort.


Working diligently with communities, residents and stakeholders, this summer the county will focus efforts on the Kings Beach community as part of the county’s efforts to update its Community/General Plans in the Tahoe Basin. To help achieve that goal, the county will conduct a Vision Charrette -- a three-day public workshop – in July. The Charrette will focus on the beach and commercial core area behind it and information gathered will be integrated into the policy document.  



“I’m very pleased that we’re going to be moving forward with the charrette,” said County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, whose Fifth District encompasses all of Placer County’s portion of the Tahoe Basin.  “I think the charrette help the North Tahoe East Plan Area Team to finish the process of their visioning that they’re working on right now for their community.”


The process will engage a broad audience to review the work done so far and to build from that work by providing an opportunity to generate new ideas. Elements that may be considered include environmental restoration, prosperity, connectivity, recreation, quality of life, and new opportunities afforded with the Regional Plan Update and the Kings Beach Commercial Core Streetscape Improvements. This work developed in the Charrette will be available for possible inclusion in the Tahoe Basin Community Plan Update.


The pre-charrette workshop will:

  • introduce the community to the charrette process;
  • present the County’s work done to date and the County’s North Tahoe East Plan Area Team’s vision concepts for the Kings Beach community; and
  • seek input from stakeholders regarding development or planning concerns, constraints, opportunities for the commercial core and public beach areas of the Kings Beach community.

The details for the pre-charrette workshop in June and the July charrette follow:


  • Kings Beach Pre-Charrette Workshop  
    Wed., June 19, 2013, 5:00 p.n. to 6:30 p.m.
    North Tahoe Event Center
    8318 North Lake Tahoe Blvd., Kings Beach

  • Kings Beach 3-Day Vision Charrette
    July 16-18, 2013 (Tuesday through Thursday)
    North Tahoe Event Center
    8318 North Lake Tahoe Blvd., Kings Beach
    Public Sessions:
    July 16 – Noon to 1:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    July 18 – 5:00 p.m. to 6:00p.m.

During the non-public sessions, the charrette design team, which includes community design consultants, county staff, TRPA and the County’s North Tahoe East Plan Area Team, will be working to graphically illustrate the community’s vision.  Those working design sessions will focus on reviewing ideas identified during the public sessions and creating visual representations (sketches, renderings, graphics) of those ideas. 


Everyone is welcome to attend the sessions and bring their thoughts and ideas for the future of Kings Beach. For more information on the Kings Beach Vision Charrette and the county’s Community Plan Update, contact Crystal Jacobsen with the Placer County Planning Services Division at: 530-745-3000 or by E-MAIL. To visit the Tahoe Basin Community Plan Update website, click this link: UPDATE.