IV/CB Citizen Advisory Board (CAB) Highlights

January 3, 2023

Commissioner Hill gave an report on the following issues of importance to Incline Village/Crystal Bay:

  1. On 12/20/2022, Commissioner Hill requested Staff prepare a proposed Moratorium on Short Term Rentals in Incline Village/Crystal Bay.
  2. Workforce housing policies will be discussed at an upcoming strategic planning meeting on January 25, 2023. This will include discussion of potential amendments to the Tahoe Area Plan to encourage workforce housing.
  3. The first reading of the proposed amendment to the Development Code allowing  Cannabis Consumption Lounges in Incline Village/Crystal Bay and throughout Washoe County, Commissioner Hill stated  would occur on January 25th. (NOTE: ACTUALLY, the first reading may occur at the meeting on January 17th, should the Commissioners decide to overrule the Washoe County Planning Commission’s denial of the proposed ordinance change for cannabis lounges. Click here for the calendar event with links to the agenda.)
  4. The second and final reading on the proposed amendment to the Development Code to eliminate the multifamily (apartment) and affordable housing requirement in Incline Village Town Center Special Area 1 for the benefit of the 947 Tahoe Boulevard project. (NOTE: The proposed change will remove the limitation that only affordable and/or multi-family (apartment) housing can be built in Special Area 1, and instead allow high-end condominium developers to benefit from the increased height, density and reduced coverage that were put into the Tahoe Area Plan in January 2021 to incentivize the building of affordable housing in town centers. The proposed zoning change states “Single family dwellings (condominiums) shall only be allowed in the Incline Village Commercial regulatory zone when they are part of a mixed-use development or when they are affordable housing units”. During the Planning Commission meeting on November 1st, there was much confusion as to how the proposed project at 947 Tahoe Boulevard meets the mixed-use requirement, since the project only contains one 900 sq foot office and the rest of the project is a 5 story luxury condominium project. There appeared to be no definition of ‘mixed-use’. This zoning change is required to allow the proposed luxury condominium project at 947 Tahoe Boulevard to move forward, and will effectively eliminate work force housing. (This will be in an upcoming newsletter and on our calendar, when available).  Click here to hear Commissioner Hill’s comments at beginning at 00:31:09 through 0:49:00. 

Jacob Stock, Senior Long Range Planner at TRPA, gave a presentation  to the community describing the TRPA process to amend the Tahoe Area Plan. Click here to view the presentation. He received input from the community on proposed amendments to the Tahoe Area Plan which will come before the Board Of Commissioners in late January.  All of the public comments were in opposition to the proposed amendments and can be heard by clicking here to view the on recording from 0:49:01 through 1:49:11. The discussions were thoughtful and informative. One comment was from an individual who worked on earlier Tahoe Area Plans. The comments may be heard around 01:28:11 through 01:31 on the recording.

Captain Corey Solferino of the Washoe County Sheriff Office discussed how the Sheriff’s Office will deal with and test for impaired drivers.  He then took input from the community on the proposed amendment to the Development Code to allow cannabis lounges in Incline Village/Crystal Bay and throughout the County.  Again, the public comments were in opposition of the proposed amendments in Incline Village/Crystal Bay. The discussion may be heard by clicking here to view the recording from 01:50 through 02:12.

The next IVCB CAB meeting will be on February 7th and will include a presentation by Andy Chapman of the North Tahoe Nevada Welcome Center (formerly the Incline Village Visitor Center) and a discussion of the United States Post Office in Incline Village Post Office.  The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in person at the Incline Village Library and on Zoom.

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