Boulder Bay project manager Brian Helm discussed development in Lake Tahoe in the past. There was a huge burst of development in the 1940s, and then people started to realize this was causing degradation to the Lake, and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency was established. The TRPA created thresholds to protect the clarity and ecosystem of Lake Tahoe.
Boulder Bay will be developed in Crystal Bay, NV on the north shore of Lake Tahoe at the current location of the Tahoe Biltmore Casino. Helm feels redevelopment will be better than the existing site , as it addresses issues that were not dealt with in the past. The design will be mixed-use and mixed-design, focusing on pedestrian orientation to engage visitors. The proposed restoration will tear down old inefficient buildings and restore over 3 acres with impervious coverage. The existing structures are not very green friendly and create huge carbon footprints for each guest. The new design will have a 32% overall reduced carbon footprint.
Helm discussed the importance of collaboration with public-private projects:
- Nevada Utility Undergrounding
- Brockway Resedential Water Quality
- Creating a Sustainable Economy – mixed-use buildings will bring more groups for Mon-Thurs stays where current occupancy is mostly weekend visitors from Fri-Sun
After a question regarding TRPA standards, Helm noted that most of the TRPA plan was written in the 1980s – does not address the level of SmartGrowth and environmental standards that many environmental planners focus on today.
There was a question regarding community feelings regarding development in Lake Tahoe from a member of the audience who does not live in the area. Helm said in the beginning, feelings were about 50/50 regarding approval of development. After listening to community concerns, Boulder Bay made changes to the plan to address these issues which increased the support to about 80%.
How do you feel about development in a location like Lake Tahoe?
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Vice President David Gemme welcomed everyone to the first annual Lake Tahoe Eco Symposium presented by Sierra Green Building Association (SiGBA). He said the mission of SiGBA is to educate and promote environmental building and business practices for a sustainable lifestyle in the Sierra Nevada communities by:
- Advocating resource efficiency in all phases of the design, construction and operation of homes and businesses
- Providing educational resources and support in the areas of site development, energy, building materials, air, water and waste
- Coordinating networking opportunities and community events
Gemme noted the importance of community effort, especially ski resort development in Lake Tahoe. The first panel is led by JMA Ventures, the company that owns Alpine Meadows and Homewood Mountain Resort. Executive Vice President David Tirman discussed the principles and blueprint of the new Homewood Resort development master plan. The principles are to elevate environmental thresholds; become stewards of sustainable growth and enhance the resort for community development.
- goal to decrease overall coverage
- redevelop areas that are already developed
- recycle existing infrastructure (building, asphalt, concrete – SmartGrowth)
- Re-establish slope – 97% reduction in sediment
- Restored over 240,000 sf of restored dirt roads
- Re-introduce native vegetation
- Increase infiltration
Renewable Energy Sources
- Wind – micro turbines
- Solar – sun power
- Earth – geo thermal
- Water – micro hydro electric
- Give guests options! Dial-a-Ride, water taxi, shuttles, hybrid electric fleet (like Zip Cars!), bicycle fleet (gaudy colors, so they don’t get stolen!)
- 200 full time jobs
- Workforce housing
- Cultural & Community Center
A big problem in the past was runoff from the resort across Highway 89 into Lake Tahoe. Restorations have been made to reduce the runoff issues. Another issue was forest fuel management, an issue surrounding the Lake. Today, nearly 500 acres of forest have been treated which will improve the threat of wildfire in the region.
JMA Ventures began the plan with public outreach. Major concerns were:
- providing affordable/workforce housing – JMA will provide on-site housing & child care.
- public access – There will be open access & community center.
- density and scale of the development – JMA has reduced the amount of land that will be developed in the master plan.
The proposed North Base area will have underground parking to improve the aesthetics of the existing landscape. The plan pays much attention to working with all existing space, making sure areas, such as rooftops, are utilized in the development. There is a new proposed mid-mountain lodge – 14,000 square foot footprint.
Learn more at www.skihomewood.com/masterplan.
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