Every time I turn around there seems to be yet another great story about what our local organizations are doing to improve the lifestyle that comes with designing, building, and owning a home in the Lake Tahoe, Truckee and Carson City regions. And this story is one to add to those that I have shared over the years.
It got my attention as I have been working on new ideas and watching the trends for ADA architectural home designs and remodels for my clients in Nevada and California.
The California Tahoe Conservancy opened up a public comment period at the end of 2018 to review their new draft plan to improve recreation access for those with disabilities at five regional conservancy properties.
According to Conservancy Board Chair Brooke Laine, “Recreation and public access have always been a core priority for the Conservancy We’re anxious to explore how we can improve access for all who wish to enjoy all of Lake Tahoe’s natural wonders.”
The specific targets for ADA improvements include:
- Carnelian West / Gar Woods
- Carnelian East / Patton Landing
- Kings Beach Plaza
- North Tahoe Beach,
- California side of Van Sickle Bi-State Park
The article noted that under the new plan, the Conservancy will:
- put management of its nearly 4,700 properties, which total more than 6,500 acres, at the center of its work,
- increase the Lake Tahoe Basin’s resilience to climate change impacts,
- use large-scale initiatives—such as the Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership and the Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative—to address such large-scale threats as climate change and catastrophic wildfire,
- fulfill the vision provided by Proposition 68 of ensuring the Conservancy’s recreation opportunities are welcoming and accessible for California’s diverse communities, and
- align the Conservancy’s workforce and partnerships with the new Strategic Plan.
Within the various meetings over the past month or so, the Tahoe Conservancy board also authorized the investment of $484,250 to three key projects focused on reducing fire risk and improving forest health.
So there’s some good news to share with you and those in particular who are disabled yet still have a passion to enjoy the great outdoors – right here in the heart of the High Sierra.
If you happen to know of anyone who needs to remodel their home or design a new home to meet ADA standards, please reach out to Borelli Architecture as we are familiar with the requirements and always here to share our insight.
James P. Borelli
Lake Tahoe / Truckee