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Distribution of Residential Development is reported in the Sustainability Dashboard. Indicators in the Sustainability Dashboard focus on economic, environmental, and community health in the Lake Tahoe Region.
Concentrating the development of residential housing reduces the travel time and cost for residents to access retail facilities, facilitates additional visits to retail facilities and reduces public sector investments in infrastructure outside of the urban areas. These changes cause the concentrated areas of development to become economic hubs that generate higher private sector revenues, become community gathering areas and cause the public sector to increase infrastructure investments (e.g. walking paths, parks) in concentrated development areas. In addition, many of the region’s environmental problems are due to past and existing development.
This indicator measures the annual percentage of residential units, located within defined Residential Centers in the Lake Tahoe Region. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Regional Plan defines specific boundaries for these existing Centers, generally including all concentrated areas of development and properties within ¼ mile of existing commercial and public services land uses.