How do Urban Lots provide benefits for my community?

In 1980, Congress found that increasing urbanization was threatening the ecological values of the Lake Tahoe Basin and public opportunities for use of public lands.  Additionally, maintenance of the social and economic health of the region depended on maintaining the scenic, recreational, educational, scientific, natural, and public health values provided by the Lake Tahoe basin.  Acquisition and protection of urban intermix parcels contributes to maintaining these values, and thus has created benefits to the communities in which they are located.

Urban intermix parcels provide open space areas of natural forest vegetation within developed communities.  These forest areas reduce and filter the noise associated with everyday human activities, providing quieter, more enjoyable living conditions and recreational experiences.  Additionally, urban intermix parcels reduce the scenic and visual impacts of urbanization by providing forested areas that help screen and blend development into the natural surroundings.  Neighborhoods with publicly owned urban intermix parcels are more desirable to live in, and often have a corresponding positive impact on property values.

Which neighborhood do you prefer to live or vacation in?

[Graphic]: This is a map showing the 2002 parcel ownership pattern of approximately 30 square acres in the North Upper Truckee area, South Shore of Lake Tahoe.  Rectangles represent land parcels and named streets are present.  There are private, state, and federal parcels shown in this map.  Black squares within rectangles represent developed parcels, and are only present on private lots.  Almost 50% of the lots are undeveloped public land.

The map above shows the ownership pattern in the North Upper Truckee area (2002), South Shore of Lake Tahoe. Green shaded parcels are National Forest acquired lots, blue shaded parcels are California Tahoe Conservancy acquired lots, white shaded parcels are privately owned lots and black squares represent developed parcels. Note: the average lot size is 0.25 acres. 

[Graphic]: This map shows the
same North Upper Truckee area as above.  In this case all available
parcels are developed, so every lot contains a black square.

The map above shows what the same North Upper Truckee area would look like with all available parcels developed.  This neighborhood would have significantly less forest to screen development and filter noise, a substantial increase in traffic, and would be more urban and less rural.  In addition, this neighborhood has little to no wildlife habitat opportunities and would have a significant increase in impervious surface coverage, resulting in increased run-off and soil erosion.

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