Washoe Co. reinvigorates Incline Village community plan talks
October 5, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — On Sept. 28, preceding the IVGID Board Meeting at the Chateau at Incline Village, the Washoe County Community Services Department hosted a Tahoe Area Plan workshop/open house.
In the two-hour session, members of the community had the opportunity to view maps of how the Incline Village is currently zoned and ask questions to Washoe County representatives Eric Young and Eva Krause.
According to the draft Master Plan, the last county Community Area Plan was issued in 1996. In 2007, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency launched a basin-wide public survey and released a planning summary based on the community input received.
But most recently, the TRPA directed Washoe County (as it has to the other counties bordering Lake Tahoe) to update a Community Area Plan of Incline Village that aligns with its own vision, coinciding with the TRPA's Regional Plan.
Therefore, the county's planning department put some maps together showing Incline Village areas and how they are currently zoned, gathering feedback from the community.
Representatives will then take the comments and host another get-together as part of the Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) meeting on October 13.
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"We had a pretty good turnout; IVGID helped get the word out," says Young.
One of the biggest changes to the community plan pertains to the transfer of development rights down into town centers, thus allowing for the building of structures of additional heights and densities.
As a side note, the TRPA mainly gives development rights, and then Washoe County issues allocations.
"Builders in suburban residential areas can transfer rights to build in town center areas," says Young, adding that developers can then build structures up to four stories tall.
Krause said that this modification was made to the plan to encourage responsible redevelopment.
"One of the goals of the TRPA throughout the basin is to take densities off of hillsides," she said, regarding the reason for the change.
Other questions were raised about what will happen to the now-defunct K-2 elementary school located on Southwood Boulevard (which is owned by the Washoe County School District), considering that while now it is zoned as public/semi-public use, that could change following the election and potential new direction from a new school board.
Some residents last week said they found the multi-layered maps confusing, with several maps showing many different zones in shaded colors. County staff recognizes this issue and is working on consolidating areas to make it more understandable for the general public.
For example, Young said that there are three different zoning districts within a "suburban residential" shaded area.
Even though they may all be in the same color, permitting may still be inconsistent for different projects.
Young said that it would nice to have a standardized system for all of the areas within a certain color in the area map.
But up until the new community plan is adopted, "TRPA will decide the zones," says Young.
Washoe County will host the follow-up meeting on Oct. 13 at the IVGID Administration Building at 893 Southwood Blvd. as part of the CAB meeting.
Starting at 5:30 p.m., county Planning and Development staff will review and talk about what was heard at the September meeting, followed by further discussion of the community plan and next steps.
Young added that staff will try to make some changes before the Oct. 13 meeting to the area maps based on feedback at the Sept. 28 meeting.
Krause says that the county is hoping for a fully adopted plan by early next year, although that could change depending on community feedback.
Kayla Anderson is an Incline Village-based freelance writer with a background in marketing and journalism. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.