Tahoe Valley Greenbelt and Stormwater Improvement Project

The Tahoe Valley Stormwater and Greenbelt Improvement Project is located south and east of the “Y” intersection on the west side of the City (Figure 1) and consists of a 320-acre Project drainage area that is bisected by the US Highway 50 (US 50) and State Route 89 (SR 89) corridors.

Tahoe Valley Greenbelt Map

The Tahoe Valley Greenbelt project includes multi-benefit stormwater, stream environment zone (SEZ), bicycle and pedestrian improvements and recreational amenities. Water quality and SEZ enhancements will include improving existing drainage ways and drainage systems to spread, treat, infiltrate, and retain flows from roadways, commercial areas, and other high priority, directly connected urban areas. Pedestrian and bicycle enhancements will include improving connectivity within the project area and to regional networks.

180611_Greenbelt MP concept plan_june 2018

30% Preliminary Design

NEW: In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), an Initial Study and TRPA Initial Environmental Checklist has been prepared for the project.  The full Tahoe Valley Greenbelt Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration/Initial Environmental Checklist is available here, and the appendices are available here.  Based on the information in the Initial Study and Initial Environmental Checklist, a Notice of Availability and Notice of Intent to adopt a Mitigated Negative have been prepared.  The CEQA document is available for a 30 day public review period, beginning on March 1, 2019 and concluded at 4:00pm on April 1, 2019. 

CEQA Initial Study/TRPA IEC

CEQA Appendicies

Full CEQA document (large file)

Any comments on the CEQA documents may be submitted to the City of South Lake Tahoe Public Works Department, (Attention: Tahoe Valley Stormwater and Greenbelt Improvement Project), 1052 Tata Lane, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150; or emailed to: jburke@cityofslt.us.


The City Planning Commission will receive a presentation and hear public comments on the Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration at their regularly scheduled meeting:

March 14, 2019, 3:00pm, 1901 Airport Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 

The City Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing and consider adoption of the Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration at their regularly scheduled meeting:

May 9, 2019, 3:00pm, 1901 Airport Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 

Copies of the proposed mitigated negative declaration, initial study, initial environmental checklist and all supporting documents are available for review between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm at the following location: City Services Center at 1052 Tata Lane, City of South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.

Tahoe Valley Area Plan included a goal to create the Tahoe Valley Greenbelt to reduce pollutant loading while creating a walkable, bikeable and scenic connection from one of the more densely populated areas of the City to adjacent neighborhoods. The Tahoe Valley Area Plan was approved by the TRPA on July 22, 2015.  The Project area is a priority for treatment as storm water runoff discharges directly to the Upper Truckee River, which drains to Lake Tahoe. The project will include water quality improvements to reduce pollutant loads discharged to the Upper Truckee River in accordance with the City’s Pollutant Load Reduction Plan.

The City conducted a public workshop on December 14, 2016, in partnership with the Tahoe Resource Conservation District “Community Watershed Partnership” to present the project alternatives and solicit public feedback on the conceptual plans and alternatives (presentation available here).  The results of the public workshop and online survey are available here.

Public Workshop Presentation (December 2016)

Public Outreach Summary (2017)

More information is available on the Tahoe Regional Planning (TRPA) Environmental Improvement Program (EIP) website:

Lake Tahoe EIP Project Tracker (Tahoe Valley Greenbelt)

Project Summary page