Tourist Core Area Plan


Welcome to the City of South Lake Tahoe’s Tourist Core website. The Tourist Core Area Plan is a Specific Plan that guides land use, transportation, infrastructure, community design, environmental, and other planning decisions within the boundaries of the Area Plan. 

What is a Tourist Core Area Plan?

The City Council adopted the Tourist Core Area Plan on October 15, 2013 and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency adopted it on November 11, 2013. The Area Plan defines a vision for the future of an area of the City that has previously been guided by the Stateline/Ski Run Community Plan. This is an area of special attention in the Tahoe Basin for a number of reasons. It is the center of tourist services and recreation access, spanning the California and Nevada state line and has traditionally been the area with the highest concentration of services and density.

The area is envisioned as a central destination that provides full services for tourists and permanent residents and offers unique experiences related to the many outdoor recreation possibilities that surround the Tourist Core area. The revitalization of the Tourist Core will catalyze the transformation from a vestigial gaming economy into a sustainable outdoor tourism recreational destination by incorporating active streetscapes, shopping, entertainment and outdoor dining opportunities that are easily accessible by transit and alternative travel modes.

To achieve the vision the Area Plan addresses land use regulations, development and design standards, transportation, recreation, public services and environmental improvements for the area. It encourages general improvement and enhancement for the built environment and provides a framework to change the existing conditions into opportunities for redevelopment with a focus on achieving on the ground environmental improvements and creating a sustainable, pedestrian oriented, vibrant tourist center

Download the Final Tourist Core Area Plan (PDF).