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Bijou Park Creek Watershed Restoration Project Area

Bijou Park Creek Watershed Restoration Project Area

The proposed Bijou Park Creek Project is a multi-benefit project facilitated by a public agency and private investment partnership.  The project area consists of two sites that are privately and publicly owned totaling 7.6 acres and currently developed with a tourist accommodation use (Knights Inn) and associated restaurant, pool and parking lot, conference center, a single-family dwelling unit, and parcels owned by the California Tahoe Conservancy. The City is proposing to partner with a developer to remove all existing development located within the project area, restore a portion of the Bijou Park Creek, establish an area-wide water quality treatment system and redevelop commercial uses on the site. 

The stormwater and stream restoration project includes removing an undersized and failing storm drain pipe beneath the Knights Inn building, creating a new stormwater treatment system, daylighting a segment of Bijou Park Creek, and increasing the capacity of the downstream overflow conveyance system to reduce localized flooding from the undersized infrastructure. The stormwater treatment system which includes the daylighted Bijou Park Creek could result in the removal of 8,200 pounds of fine sediment particles, 77 pounds of total nitrogen, and 25 pounds of total phosphorus annually from a watershed directly connected to Lake Tahoe. In addition, approximately 0.7 acre-feet of infiltrated water per year would recharge the groundwater.

The commercial portions of the project will include 43,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, parking, pedestrian pathways, and design features that encourage walking, biking, and alternative modes of transportation. The proposed project includes five separate buildings throughout the site with the restored Bijou Park Creek integrated with outdoor seating and gathering areas in the middle of the site. 

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CEQA and TRPA Environmental Impact Analysis

Bijou Park Creek Watershed Restoration Project Area

The City has reviewed and considered the proposed project and has determined that the project will not have a significant effect on the environment, with substantial supporting evidence provided in the Initial Study. The Initial Study is tiered from the City of South Lake Tahoe General Plan Update EIR in accordance with California Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines Sections 15152 and 15168 and Public Resources Code Section 21094. In addition, this Initial Study utilizes the information and analyses from the Tourist Core Area Plan CEQA Initial Study/Negative Declaration and TRPA Environmental Checklist/Finding of No Significant Effect (adopted by the City of South Lake Tahoe and TRPA in 2013) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15150. The City hereby prepares and proposes to adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration for this project under CEQA. Hazardous waste issues are addressed in Section 6.0 of the document.

A Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Initial Environmental Checklist (IEC) has also been prepared for the project that is tiered from the TRPA 2012 Regional Plan Update (RPU) EIS in accordance with Section 6.12j of the TRPA Rules of Procedure. The IEC supports the determination of a Mitigated Finding of No Significant Effect pursuant to Section 6.7 of the TRPA Rules of Procedure.  

PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD:

A 30-day public review period for the
Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration and TRPA Environmental Checklist/Mitigated Finding of No Significant Effect will commence on March 21, 2017 and will end on April 20, 2017 for interested individuals and public agencies to submit written comments on the document. Any written comments should be sent to the attention of Hilary Roverud and must be received at 1052 Tata Lane, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 by 4:00 PM on April 20, 2017  Copies of the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration and TRPA Environmental Checklist/Mitigated Finding of No Significant Effect and supporting technical studies are available for review at 1052 Tata Lane, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 and online at www.cityofslt.us/BijouParkCreek. 

PUBLIC HEARING DATES:         

City Planning Commission:
April 13, 2017, 3:00 pm
1901 Airport Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Presentation and solicitation of public comment

City Planning Commission:
May 11, 2017, 3:00 pm
1901 Airport Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Adoption of the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration and TRPA Environmental Checklist/Mitigated Finding of No Significant Effect