What began more than two years ago as a community vision has resulted in the drafting of a new Meyers Area Plan that captures the qualities of the area, El Dorado County and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency announced Thursday in advance of a public hearing for the draft plan scheduled to take place on Wednesday.
The draft Meyers Area Plan will be reviewed by the TRPA Governing Board Regional Plan Implementation Committee Wednesday afternoon at the TRPA offices in Stateline, although the basic elements of plan have been publicly discussed many times already, according to El Dorado County Supervisor Norma Santiago who represents the Meyers community on the Board of Supervisors.
“The vision and drafting of the Meyers Area Plan was a community-driven process that began with listening to what was important to the people who live and work here,” Santiago said. “The outcome is a draft plan that emphasizes the outdoors and Meyers’ unique character.”
Over 20 public meetings were conducted by the Meyers Community Advisory Council, a volunteer group of local residents, business, recreation and other interested parties. Additionally, four community workshops created the Meyers Vision and assisted in the updating and drafting of the new plan.
The draft Meyers Area Plan emphasizes bike and pedestrian improvements, preserving Meyers’ unique community character including the spectacular views and rural setting, and focuses on permit streamlining to enhance efficiency and encourage private investment by property owners, according to the County and TRPA. The plan can be viewed online at www.edcgov.us/Meyers/.
Members of the public are encouraged to submit comments on the draft plan anytime, and the agencies expect final hearings for the plan to be scheduled in the spring. The next official comment period will be for an environmental analysis of the plan, which is expected to be available in February. Comments can be sent to MeyersAreaPlan@edcgov.us or PO Box 5310, Stateline, NV, 89449.
Area plans are part of the larger framework of the new Lake Tahoe Regional Plan adopted by TRPA in 2012 that transfers more responsibility for environmental improvement to local governments along with greater responsibility for land use decisions and project permitting. Area plans crafted and managed by local governments can be adopted by TRPA if the standards match or surpass regional standards. Area Plans in the City of South Lake Tahoe and Douglas County have already been adopted by TRPA and four others are under development throughout the Tahoe Basin.
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency leads the cooperative effort to preserve, restore, and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region, while improving local communities, and people’s interactions with our irreplaceable environment. For additional information, call Jeff Cowen at (775) 589-5278 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.