Draft Sustainability Principles

1. Green Infrastructure

2. Lake Clarity and Watershed Restoration

3. Complete Community

4. Environmentally-Friendly Transportation

5. Vibrant Local and Regional Economy

6. Diverse Housing

7. Forest Health and Recreation

8. Community Facilities and Education

9. Healthy Food System

10.Green Buildings

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City of South Lake Tahoe

DRAFT Sustainability Concepts

The public will have the opportunity to help refine the Sustainability Concepts at the Sustainable City Public Workshop, to be hosted by the City of South Lake Tahoe on September 10th at the South Lake Tahoe Middle School, 6-9 pm.


Create comprehensive “green” infrastructure strategies to address sustainability objectives in the supply and management of energy, solid waste and materials, water and waste water.

energy conceptAlternative Energy Resources
• Develop a comprehensive strategy to reduce GHG
  emissions and climate impacts.
• Increase energy efficiency, reduce emissions and
                   support local, clean and renewable energy sources
                 • Shift away from reliance on non-renewable sources
                 • Incorporate climate change into general plans

Solid waste iconSolid Waste Reduction and Recycling
• Increase economic efficiency and performance
   by reducing the consumption of non-renewable
                 • Promote reduction, re-use and recycling
                 • Divert solid waste from the landfill including household, commercial, construction                     and site/forest clearing waste
                 • Implement recycled content and green procurement policies

water iconWater and Waste Water Reduction
• Use water more efficiently in our homes, businesses and landscapes, and manage    runoff that maintain natural hydrological regimes
• Develop an innovative water and waste waste management strategy that considers                     water supply and treatment systems
                • Reduce demand for potable water through water recycling and reuse of treated water

    Respond to the clarity challenge. Improve stormwater management with green streets and     innovative best practices. Move toward area-wide planning and design and work to accelerate     urban water quality improvements and environmental threshold implementation.

• Incorporate new functional open spaces in redeveloped areas to serve as both public amenities and to   provide opportunities for urban water quality improvements
• Develop a coordinated stormwater management system to minimize runoff, improve area-wide stormwater   retention and reuse
• Improve stormwater quality management with use of swales and natural treatment systems and integration   of runoff into functional design elements and public art
• Utilize green streets to manage stormwater, reduce flows, improve water quality and enhance watershed   health
• Explore impervious materials for parking areas and test on some street sections

compl comm icon3. COMPLETE COMMUNITY
    Develop a complete community that offers its residents the opportunity to work, live, play,     shop and learn within a convenient walking or transit distance. Reduce energy, water use and     vehicle miles traveled with efficient land use planning.

a. Strengthened neighborhoods
b. Pedestrian-oriented mixed-use centers
c. Enhanced gateways & places

• Implement Smart Growth principles to create walkable, mixed-use centers, compact neighborhoods, and    enhanced gateways and places
• Promote infill and reinvestment to increase density within walking distance of transit stops
• Protect key riparian areas and natural features
• Commercial uses in community plan areas should complement each other not compete
• Improve connections and access to a wide range of recreational opportunities, which will improve the    quality of life of residents and visitors

    Reduce dependence on the automobile by providing increased mobility options. Encourage
                   pedestrian/transit-oriented redevelopment to reduce emissions and vehicle miles traveled.

• Improve connections between all neighborhoods and communities with sidewalk and multi-use trail    network enhancements
• Design “complete streets” that are safe for pedestrians with multiple mobility options in mind
• Create regular/dependable waterborne transit for residents and visitors
• Improve transit efficiency, service and convenience to encourage use
• Incorporate parking management strategies that strive to create park-once environments, including    parking maximums, shared-use parking for mixed-use projects and onstreetparking

    Sustainability recognizes the need for both local and regional economic prosperity and                  resilience to maintain the health of the community. It encourages self-reliance, entrepreneurial                  activity and the generation of wealth to occur in a manner that does not undermine the ability of                  individuals and communities to meet their basic needs.

• Provide economic opportunities for investment, businesses and employment that will support an    economically diverse and prosperous year-round community
• Ensure infrastructure, community facilities and the health of the Lake and forest are improved with new    investment and economic growth
• Create live/work and work/live opportunities with flexible buildings and mixed-use zoning that allows local    businesses to grow and evolve over time
• Encourage the adoption of green business practices and other systems that enhance both the    environmental and economic performance of businesses in the community
• Become a leader in green building implementation and new emerging technologies for mountain    communities

housing icon6. DIVERSE HOUSING

                   Strive to maintain a permanent year-round population that supports community services     and                    economic vitality.

• Offer a wide range of diverse housing opportunities, both ownership and rental, for all income levels
• Integrate green and sustainable construction into all new housing units, neighborhoods and mixed-use    centers.

    The City of South Lake Tahoe is blessed with its natural Surroundings, access to wilderness and                 the Lake. Trail facility upgrades are improving access and the opportunity to recreate.

• Connect surrounding forests to urban open spaces, parks, natural areas and SEZs to encourage    biodiversity and healthy habitat
• Design into the 56-acre project a central gathering place with passive and active recreational    opportunities
• Maximize the use of native plants in landscaping
• Create management zones that help to minimize use of irrigation and pesticides
• Incorporate recycled gray water and roof water as a “purple pipe” system for irrigation where appropriate

    Provide community facilities that support a healthy lifestyle for both residents and visitors.     Create a public education, awareness and capacity building program as an important                   component of the plan.

• Create a vibrant social community that promotes safety and encourages residents to meet
• Develop a strategy to provide amenities and facilities that supports quality of life for all ages groups
• As the City is currently spread out, locate facilities within proximity to public transit and surrounding    neighborhoods
• Identify action items for residents and businesses that improve energy efficiency and reduce    environmental impact

    Climate and elevation make local food production a challenge. Work toward a vibrant and     sustainable regional food system that connects fresh, healthy and local food (100 to 150 miles) to                residents, grocers, casinos and restaurants. Encourage the development of markets and                restaurants within convenient distances of all residents to reduce driving, increase local                economic activity, and increase quality of life.

• Look at a regional food network as an economic development tool to build health and wealth
• Provide assistance to connect food establishments with consumers and producers
• Encourage locally owned and ecologically sound storage and distribution infrastructure
• Design a permanent year-round public market in the City to serve as a community gathering place
• Encourage gardening in neighborhoods with good soils, access to water and sunlight
• Encourage organic food supply

green bldg icon10. GREEN BUILDINGS
       New buildings are long-term investments and should feature quality design/materials,        flexible design to deal with changing demands and be built green. Develop a green building                      strategy to encourage redevelopment, compact neighborhoods, mixed-use centers and                      address: energy efficiency; solar design; indoor air quality; green roofs; water efficient                      fixtures; etc.

• Incorporate energy efficiency in city buildings and facilities
• Provide clear incentives for green buildings and consider
   phasing in the green rating system or LEED certification
• Establish a green demonstration program for a variety of building types including single family,    commercial industrial, townhouses, apartments, and mixed-use projects