APTR Board of Directors to Vote on Updated Rules to Authorize DSUs and Other Affordable Housing Initiatives | South Lake Tahoe


LAKE TAHOE, CA / Nev. – Updated rules and the removal of some barriers that prevent more affordable housing will be considered for adoption at the next Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Board of Directors meeting on July 29, 2021.

The envisioned changes to the Lake Tahoe Regional Plan are an initial result of the TRPA housing initiative launched last year and include updates designed to remove barriers to the creation of secondary accessory housing units (ADUs), such as adding step-mother units on single-family plots. , or reallocate the existing space into an independent living space.

Current rules only allow UDAs on properties larger than one acre in the Lake Tahoe basin. Adding the dwelling unit to a large property like this would still require an additional development charge under the old rules.

Under the proposed changes, a property of any size could apply for a permit. If an accessory unit is deed-limited at affordable rates and for rental periods longer than 30 days, the application fee would be waived and a development fee would be provided at no cost. Local government codes would still apply and not all counties currently allow ADUs on plots of less than one acre.

“Protecting workforce housing in a mountain resort community like Lake Tahoe is a challenge and these proposed changes will help workers, seniors and many businesses struggling under current conditions,” said APTR Executive Director Joanne S. Marchetta. “More solutions are needed to address our housing crisis and APTR will continue to work with local jurisdictions and other housing partners to address local and regional housing needs. “

Other changes to the proposal would allow motel units undergoing redevelopment to move from tourist accommodation use to residential use. Currently, in some cases, this type of redevelopment is limited to tourist accommodation only.

A task force made up of representatives from nonprofits, social services, the environment, real estate and local governments recommended the changes as a short-term step to help resolve the housing crisis. in Lake Tahoe. The task force will continue to develop recommendations that further encourage affordable units and labor units, including smaller units at market rates.

The APTR Planning Advisory Committee voted unanimously to forward the amendments to the Board of Directors and the Regional Plan Implementation Committee on July 29. More information is available at trpa.gov/adus/.

The board will hold its July 29 meeting both virtually and in person through GoToWebinar and at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, 128 Market Street, Stateline, Nevada. Updates will be posted at https://www.trpa.gov/meeting-materials /.

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