Stateline, Nevada – The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Governing Board on Wednesday unanimously approved El Dorado County’s Meyers Area Plan, the fifth local area plan approved at Lake Tahoe to implement the 2012 Regional Plan.

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors adopted the Meyers Area Plan in December after five years of community meetings and workshops. The area plan covers approximately 669 acres of the Meyers community, centered around the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and state Route 89.

“The county greatly thanks the Meyers community for their continued participation through the long process to create and adopt the Meyers Area Plan and we are excited to move ahead now with implementing the goals and policies outlined in the plan to make Meyers a better place to live, work, and play,” said Brendan Ferry, principal planner for El Dorado County.

The Meyers Area Plan updates land uses and zoning and building and sign design standards for the Meyers community, and identifies measures and proposed projects to improve recreation opportunities, transportation, community vitality, and the environment in Meyers.

The plan includes new protections for landmark trees in Meyers, adds 348 acres of conservation-zoned land and 137 acres of recreation-zoned land to the area plan boundary, offers new incentives for buildings that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and outlines proposals for new trails, bike lanes, and shared-use paths to better link neighborhoods, schools, shopping areas, and recreation sites.

The plan also creates a Meyers Advisory Council comprised of community residents who will help advise El Dorado County’s Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors on projects and issues in Meyers.

“TRPA applauds the Meyers community and El Dorado County for working together on this important area plan,” said Joanne S. Marchetta, executive director at TRPA. “We look forward to working with community partners to help implement this plan to improve the environment, recreation opportunities, quality of life, and transportation infrastructure and services in the Meyers community.”

The Meyers Area Plan now goes back to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors for one final adoption vote.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency leads the cooperative effort to preserve, restore, and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region, while improving local communities, and people’s interactions with our irreplaceable environment. For additional information, contact Tom Lotshaw, Public Information Officer, at (775) 589-5278.