Bijou Park Creek Phase 1 Completion

Phase 1: Bijou Park Creek Watershed Restoration Phase 1/Southwest Corner Project

The Bijou Park Creek Project is a multi-benefit project facilitated by a public agency and private investment partnership. The project area consists of two sites that are privately and publicly owned totaling 7.6 acres and formerly developed with a tourist accommodation use (Knights Inn) and associated restaurant, pool and parking lot, conference center, a single-family dwelling unit, and parcels owned by the California Tahoe Conservancy. The City partnered with a developer to remove all existing development located within the project area, restore a portion of the Bijou Park Creek, establish a water quality treatment system and redevelop new commercial uses on the site.

The stormwater and stream restoration project includes removing an undersized and failing storm drain pipe beneath the Knights Inn building, creating a new stormwater treatment system, daylighting a segment of Bijou Park Creek, and increasing the capacity of the downstream overflow conveyance system to reduce localized flooding from the undersized infrastructure.

CEQA and TRPA Environmental Impact Analysis

The City has reviewed and considered the project and determined that the project will not have a significant effect on the environment, with substantial supporting evidence provided in the Initial Study. The Initial Study is tiered from the City of South Lake Tahoe General Plan Update EIR in accordance with California Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines Sections 15152 and 15168 and Public Resources Code Section 21094. In addition, this Initial Study utilizes the information and analyses from the Tourist Core Area Plan CEQA Initial Study/Negative Declaration and TRPA Environmental Checklist/Finding of No Significant Effect (adopted by the City of South Lake Tahoe and TRPA in 2013) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15150.

A Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Initial Environmental Checklist (IEC) has also been prepared for the project that is tiered from the TRPA 2012 Regional Plan Update (RPU) EIS in accordance with Section 6.12j of the TRPA Rules of Procedure. The IEC supports the determination of a Mitigated Finding of No Significant Effect pursuant to Section 6.7 of the TRPA Rules of Procedure.

On May 11, 2017, the City Planning Commission adopted of the CEQA and TRPA environmental document, CEQA State Clearing House Number (SCH#) 2017032059. The Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (CEQA) and Initial Environmental Checklist/Mitigated Finding of No Significant Effect (TRPA) is available at the following links:

Bijou Park Creek/SW Corner IS/MND/IEC/MFONSE

TRPA EIP Project Page