Area Plan Proposals and Updates

Area Plans provide local governments an opportunity to consolidate and simplify regulations, eliminate regulatory inconsistencies between the Regional Plan and local plans, and increase redevelopment and property investment incentives to revitalize the Region’s aging commercial centers and infrastructure. The City currently has two adopted area plans, the Tourist Core Area Plan (TCAP) and the Tahoe Valley Area Plan (TVAP). The policies and standards of these area plans have been successfully implemented since their respective adoptions; however, they are due for an update! 

In addition to the two existing area plans, the City is also working on creating a third area plan, referred to as the Mid-Town Area Plan. The Mid-Town Area Plan would provide land use guidance for all future redevelopment and development opportunities for the following areas: Bijou/Al Tahoe, Sierra Tahoe Commercial, Bijou Community Park, and Bijou Meadow/Golf Course.

For specific information regarding the area plan proposals and updates, check out each tab below:

What is the Tourist Core Area Plan?

Located adjacent to the Nevada and California Stateline, the Tourist Core area is the center of tourist services and recreation access and has traditionally been the area with the highest concentration of commercial and tourist services.  The Tourist Core Area Plan, adopted by City Council on October 15, 2013, established a policy framework and provides land guidance that focuses on achieving redevelopment and re-investment opportunities in the plan area.  The plan aims to enhance the built environment with high-quality development, improve transportation options and the circulation network, increase access to recreation opportunities, and promote a mix of land uses.

What is being proposed?

The purpose of the amendments range from general improvements and a need for greater consistency with recently amended TRPA regulations, state regulations, and City goals, to increasing housing opportunities and community equity in appropriate areas. Over the next few months staff will be using feedback and direction from a stakeholder workshop and the Planning Commission to draft the TCAP amendments which will be presented to the Planning Commission for recommendation at a date to be determined.

Upcoming Opportunities to Provide Comments

  • Planning Commission Informational Meeting: September 21, 2023
  • Environmental Document Circulation: TBD, October/November estimated
  • Planning Commission Recommendation: TBD, December estimated
  • City Council Adoption: TBD, December estimated
  • TRPA Recommendation: TBD, January estimated
  • TRPA Adoption: TBD, February estimated

Have questioBoundary of the Tourist Core Area Plan.ns or want to get involved?

Check out the upcoming opportunities to provide comments on proposed amendments below. If you have questions regarding the TCAP update please contact Planning Manager John Hitchcock at (530) 542-7472 or 

Previously Received Feedback and Comments

Tourist Core Area Plan Coverage Page
Tahoe Valley Area Plan Cover Page

The Tourist Core Area Plan Boundary

Tourist Core Area Plan Map Boundary

The Tahoe Valley Area Plan

Tahoe Valley Area Plan Map Boundary
Boundary of the proposed Mid-Town Area Plan