Last Updated on Friday, 24 August 2012 06:54
Friday, 24 August 2012 00:00
Edgewood Tahoe Lodge Permit Approved
The Edgewood Tahoe Lodge permit was approved with a unanimous vote of the 14-member Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Governing Board on August 23, 2012. Public comment at the meeting lauded the anticipated environmental and economic benefits of the project.
August 24, 2012
by Michelle Sweeney
The Edgewood Tahoe Lodge permit was approved with a unanimous vote of the 14-member Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Governing Board on August 23, 2012.
In a July 2012 Tahoe Project interview Edgewood Companies CEO Chuck Scharer said, “This marketplace needs to evolve into that recreation marketplace that we can be and that we should be. We need to focus on our natural resources. Edgewood companies is in a unique position to be able to deliver the lake and recreation to our customers”.
Clint Purvance, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Barton Health, offered this comment in support of the project in public comment, “What I have seen in Edgewood Tahoe is a community partner engaged in building the economy in an environmentally sensitive manner. When you look at the health and wellness of individuals and of our community it is my belief that this project really summarizes where this community wants to go for the future… [this project aims] to drive more industry here which is important for our local economy and for building stewards that can stay here and live here and survive in this region but also for the improvements for our lake.”
The Edgewood Tahoe Lodge proposes to turn Edgewood Tahoe into a LEED-certified destination resort featuring 194 tourist accommodation units. The project will include a 2,500 square foot expansion of the existing South Banquet Room at the Edgewood Clubhouse. It will also open the currently private beach to public use, creating a space for Stateline visitors and others to access the lake and recreation opportunities.
Environmental improvements are integral to the Edgewood Tahoe Lodge plan. The Edgewood Tahoe golf course ponds already function in a sediment-removal capacity. Improvements to this system and Edgewood Creek that are part of the Edgewood Tahoe Lodge permit are projected to remove an additional 50,000 pounds of fine sediment from flow to Lake Tahoe annually. The primary goal of the Lake Tahoe Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is to remove tons of fine sediment from flow to the lake in order to improve lake clarity. Local jurisdictions are responsible for meeting fine sediment load reduction targets.
“This type of private sector investment is imperative when it comes to working through water quality improvements that implement the Douglas County TMDL program as well as reducing the cost of the TMDL Program over time on the public sector side,” said Mimi Moss, Douglas County Community Development Director in support of the Edgewood Tahoe Lodge Project.
In 1896 the Park family purchased 500 acres at Lake Tahoe to serve as summer grazing grounds for cattle. The Park family continues its legacy in the Tahoe Basin lands with the Edgewood Tahoe Lodge project.
TAHOE PROJECT | Interview with Chuck Scharer, Edgewood Companies CEO, about the Park Family Legacy in Tahoe and Tahoe's Changing Marketplace
TAHOE PROJECT | Interview with Patrick Rhamey, Edgewood Companies Vice President of Real Estate. about the Edgewood Tahoe Lodge project environmental improvements