Sugar Pine Village, single-use plastics on plate for City Council

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Single-use plastics are a major source of waste and pollution in South Lake Tahoe and the city council will discuss increasing regulations on Tuesday.

In line with its 2021-2026 strategic plan, council is asked to provide guidance on possible actions to increase regulation, including awareness and enforcement, by passing a new ordinance for the city to take an enforcement role in the state’s new singles law. use food utensils, amending the current Styrofoam and Plastic Food Packaging Ordinance and banning the sale of certain single-use plastic items such as utensils and beverage bottles.

According to the city’s agenda, single-use plastics are a significant source of waste and pollution due to the sheer volume of these products being manufactured and the long duration of their presence in the environment.

Single-use plastics are generally defined as products made primarily from petrochemicals intended for immediate disposal after use, including items such as plastic straws, coffee stirrers, shopping bags, drink bottles and packaging. Discarded plastics are particularly damaging to water quality because they do not decompose or truly decompose; they break down into microplastics that end up in rivers and streams and eventually Lake Tahoe.

Affordable housing project

The council can also pass a series of resolutions for the Sugar Pine Village project, a 248-unit affordable housing project on more than 11 acres located at 1888 Lake Tahoe Boulevard and 1029 Tata Lane. The land is state owned and managed by the California Tahoe Conservancy.

Council can pass a resolution to reduce the building permit fee by 20%.

The city was a partner in the project developer, Related Companies of California, LLC, and contributed $1,194,255 to redevelopment agency and hospitality program revenue, a $1,250,000 loan for the purchase of land cover and has partnered with the developer on several grant applications totaling $45,555,370, said the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. The city’s economic commitment to the project is $2,444,255.

The developer proposes to use factory-built modular construction for the residential units and requests a reduction in building permit fees, justified by the reduced number of on-site inspections required and the workload of the inspection staff of the town.

The city said the building permit fee is calculated at 2% of a project’s construction assessment. For Phase 1a, building permit fees are estimated at approximately $620,000. This does not include fees collected by the city on behalf of the school district and state agencies.

Due to reduced inspections required by the local jurisdiction, city staff recommended a reduction in building permit fees for all phases of the project equal to 20% of the project assessment associated with the modular units. This fee reduction is approximately $55,020 for Phase 1a and $49,075 for each subsequent phase for a total of approximately $202,245.

In another related agenda item, council will be asked to pass a resolution authorizing the joint application with related California companies for the Local Government Matching Grants Program for Sugar Pine Village Phase 2A of an amount of $5,943,000; 2) Pass a resolution supporting the California Related Companies and St. Joseph Community Land Trust’s request for $4,000,000 LGMG program funding and approving the Phase 1A budget; and 3) Pass a resolution supporting the California Affiliates’ request for $5,943,000 in LGMG program funding and approving the Phase 2A budget.

Community Park at Ski Run

A strong push is being made to establish a community park off Ski Run Boulevard and the city may pass a resolution transferring 1,115 square feet of land for the project free of charge.

Ski Run Park LLC submitted a request to transfer the land in May.

The city’s agenda stated that the request is in line with the objectives and policies of the general city plan and the tourist center plan.

Proclamation, Crosswalk Painting for Pride Month

The council may also decide to paint a crosswalk to celebrate Pride month.

City staff narrowed the crosswalk down to four location options and three different styles to choose from if council gives the go-ahead.

Locations considered are: US Highway 50 at Lakeview Avenue, Ski Run Boulevard at Tamarack Avenue, Harrison Street at San Francisco Avenue, and South Tahoe Bikeway at San Francisco Avenue. The city said the Ski Run option may require ADA ramp upgrades that could cost around $10,000, while at other locations the costs are minimal and can be absorbed by the operating budget.

One of three sidewalk paint options should the council decide to go ahead.

The Council will also decide on the duration, whether temporary or permanent or somewhere in between.

It may also decide to adopt a proclamation recognizing June 2022 as Pride Month.

Celebrate employees

Newer and long-serving employees will also be recognized for their years of service.

Two employees will be recognized for reaching 20 years of service, including Dennis Churchill, facilities maintenance and Stanley Hill, engineering.

One employee, Ben Hannah, finance, reached 10 years and Brian Belser, automotive pool, reached the 5-year mark.

For the full agenda, go to the city website.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at 1901 Lisa Maloff Way. It can also be viewed on Channel 21, the city’s website and via Zoom to

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