South Lake Tahoe City Council Flexes Muscle, Threatens To Terminate Parking Agreement With Heavenly Resort

Tensions are high between the South Lake Tahoe City Council and Heavenly Mountain Resort after a recent council meeting. The council is threatening to terminate its parking agreement with the resort, citing a lack of cooperation on annexation efforts.

The issue stems from the ongoing challenge of inadequate parking around Heavenly, particularly during peak season. The city council feels Heavenly hasn't done enough to address the problem. Additionally, the council has been pushing for the annexation of currently unincorporated parcels of land, including Heavenly's California Gunbarrel Lodge, into the city limits.

According to Mayor Cody Bass, Heavenly, owned by Vail Resorts, hasn't responded favorably to annexation discussions or provided requested information. This lack of communication frustrated the council, leading them to consider a drastic measure.

"I can't understand the line of thinking that they would not want to move forward with annexation," said Mayor Bass. He emphasized that becoming part of the city is "the only way those services will continue" for Heavenly.

Councilmember Tamara Wallace echoed the Mayor's sentiment. Initially open to a "soft approach" regarding parking solutions, she argued Heavenly's lack of response left them with no choice.

While terminating the agreement wasn't formally voted on, the council directed city staff to prepare the necessary steps for termination at a future meeting. Additionally, discussions were held on implementing stricter parking regulations in the Heavenly neighborhood, including designated permit parking for residents and potentially prohibiting parking on Ski Run Boulevard.

Heavenly has yet to publicly respond to the City Council's threats. However, this move by the council signifies a significant escalation in tensions. It remains to be seen if both parties can reach an agreement or if the popular ski resort will face a parking crunch come next winter season.

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