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November 20, 2013
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TRPA approves South Lake Tahoe Tourist Core Area Plan

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board members meeting in Stateline unanimously approved the city of South Lake Tahoe’s Tourist Core Area Plan today at their monthly meeting.

Implementation of the agency’s regional plan is moving forward with localized planning efforts such as South Lake Tahoe’s Tourist Core Area Plan. The area plans give local governments more responsibility for environmental restoration and project permitting as long as they meet TRPA’s standards. Douglas County’s plan for the Stateline casino corridor was approved in September.

“We are seeing the start of an environmental renaissance in Tahoe,” agency executive director Joanne Marchetta said. “A spirit of renewal is evident all around, and the community-based vision of more bikeable, walkable and visually appealing centers for the city of South Lake Tahoe is now ready to guide future investment in an environmentally responsible way.”

Developed over the last few years, South Lake Tahoe’s Tourist Core Area Plan covers the U.S. Highway 50 corridor from Fairway Avenue at Bijou to Stateline and up Ski Run Boulevard. The plan now goes back to the South Lake Tahoe City Council for final approval.

It is the second area plan to become part of the TRPA Regional Plan.

The plan is being challenged in federal court by the Sierra Club.

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