Workshop focuses on Kings Beach |

Workshop focuses on Kings Beach

Lake Tahoe’s north shore residents laid out their ideal future for Kings Beach last week during a place-based planning community workshop.

Suggestions among the 130 participants at the North Tahoe Community Conference Center ranged from building affordable housing and mixed-use housing to creating a better transportation system and adding more events for the community.

“There’s a strong sense of what we got needs to be improved,” said Bruce Race, community planning consultant and workshop leader. “The beach is an important central theme and idea.”

Participants were divided into 12 groups and were tasked with identifying future civic streets, gateways and focal points for the entire North Shore community. Because community members at the first place-based meeting in March signified Kings Beach as the biggest opportunity for reinvestment, participants were asked to imagine the future of the community.

“This makes people have a true understanding of how to build a community,” Theresa May Duggan, who helps facilitate the workshops, said of the process.

“They are struggling with what the agencies deal with.”

Some groups wanted to eliminate blight in Kings Beach, while others wanted to add roundabouts and most agreed that a three-lane road incorporating a middle turn lane, as opposed to the highway running through downtown was a good idea.

“This is the first time I’ve ever seen this many people in one room working together and not yelling at each other,” said George Koster, a Kings Beach real estate agent who attended the workshop.

Three children were also involved, stating they wanted “bigger playgrounds” and a recreation center.

One adult group also stressed recreation opportunities, including connecting the bike trail from Kings Beach to Tahoe City.

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