The City of South Lake Tahoe has been granted funds through the California Senate Bill 2 (SB 2, 2017) Planning Grants Program (PGP) to streamline residential development standards and permit processes. SB 2 established a permanent state-wide source of funding intended to increase the affordable housing stock in California. The legislation directs the Department to use 50 percent of the first year’s revenue to establish a program that provides financial and technical assistance to local governments to update planning documents and land-use ordinances. The PGP is intended for the preparation, adoption, and implementation of plans that streamline housing approvals and accelerate housing production. Objectives of the City's streamlining initiative are to:
Develop objective design and development standards for housing projects in order to create more developer certainty in the residential project approval process.
Develop objective design and development standards consistent with current City, TRPA and California policies and regulations.
Develop a ministerial permitting process for eligible residential projects meeting specified criteria in order to streamline project review and permitting.
The City has released a Request for Proposals to solicit consultant assistance with the effort. The deadline for submitting a proposal is October 7, 2019.