Placer County Board of Supervisors this week approved $4.9 million in funding for trail planning and construction as well as other capital projects in the Lake Tahoe area.
The Capital Projects Advisory Committee evaluates project proposals based on how well they advance key priorities outlined in the county’s Tourism Master Plan for the region. The committee makes recommendations to supervisors on which projects should receive funding allocated from transient occupancy tax collected in eastern Placer County.
This year the committee reviewed and evaluated 29 grant applications totaling more than $36 million in TOT funding requests. The committee recommended 18 projects. The remaining projects are still being considered by the committee and will be brought before the board later this year.
More than 70 percent of the approved TOT funds will go to projects that focus on trail planning and construction. Several trail projects are part of the Resort Triangle Trail System, which connects the North Lake Tahoe town centers Tahoe City and Kings Beach with nearby mountain resorts and Truckee through highways 89, 28 and 267.
The remaining approved projects focus on transportation and visitor facilities, including a visitor center at Donner Summit, a performing arts center at Northstar and parking facilities and bike repair stations in Tahoe City. A full list of the approved projects is available here.