Editor's Note: This story was updated at 7pm on Monday, November 9th. An alternate version of the story was posted earlier Monday; it contained some inaccurate information.
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is seeking public comment on an environmental study for a controversial North Tahoe resort project. Developers want to build an upscale Boulder Bay resort on the site of the historic Tahoe Biltmore Lodge and Casino, now described as an eyesore.
Dennis Oliver is with the TRPA. He says the development will be a tonic for the area’s problems.
Oliver: "This addresses environmental needs. It addresses ‘what do we do with these properties?’ It addresses this whole issue of how do we reinvent ourselves at Tahoe.”
But opponents of the project say it will destroy the area’s natural beauty.
The proposed 16-acre resort would include 300 hotel rooms, 59 condos and 14 affordable housing units. It would also create a 10,000 square foot casino.
The two-month public comment period runs through January 5th. Oliver says the TRPA will host four public meetings on the project before the comment period ends.