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February 22, 2013
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Douglas OKs separate plan for Stateline

A plan for Stateline and lower Kingsbury that will dovetail with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's update will go forward despite protests and a lawsuit.

Douglas County commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday to move forward with the South Shore Area Plan which will cover the casino core, Edgewood Golf Course and focus on redevelopment of those areas already built out. That plan would be submitted to the Tahoe agency in May. Commissioner Barry Penzel was the lone vote against the plan.

A second plan that deals with the rest of Douglas County's Lake Tahoe jurisdiction is expected to be done by the end of the year.

According to a report prepared for commissioners, combining the two plans would result in a delay in approval until the end of the year.

Having local jurisdictions participate in the planning process was a key part of the TRPA's regional update. It was also one of the reasons the plan was challenged by the Sierra Club in federal court.

The agency will provide $26,000 to fund the South Shore plan.

County planners propose working with South Lake Tahoe so that rules are uniform between the two jurisdictions.

The first workshops on the new plan start in March.

In a letter appearing in Wednesday's edition of The Record-Courier, Zephyr Cove resident and Sierra Colina developer Gail Jaquish supported a single plan for the entire Tahoe-Douglas area, saying the current process would result in duplication of effort and open the county to additional lawsuits.

In February 2012, the county decided to pursue two plans, with the first focusing on Stateline and Edgewood.

Jaquish said that the Stateline plan will only cover a fraction of the parcels at Tahoe-Douglas.

"Last year's decision disadvantages the 99 percent of parcels that would be excluded from the first area plan, and burdens all the county taxpayers with duplicative preparation and legal costs, and ongoing administrative costs associated with additional TRPA reporting," she said.

Under the schedule approved on Thursday, a workshop will be 1:30-5 p.m. Friday at the TRPA Board Room, 128 Market St. in Stateline. A second workshop would be 5:30-8 p.m. March 12.

The Douglas-Tahoe Area Plan is anticipated to cost $40,000 to $50,000, assuming its compatible with the TRPA Regional Plan. Work on that plan would begin this summer.

The revision of the TRPA regional plan was driven by the approval of Senate Bill 271 in the 2011 Legislature, which threatened to pull Nevada out of the bi-state compact if the agency didn't enact reforms.

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The Record Courier Updated Feb 22, 2013 01:24PM Published Feb 22, 2013 01:22PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.