Tahoe Shoreline

Asset Land Sales FAQs

September 15,2016 Board Meeting to Authorize pre-sale activities on four previously designated Asset Lands

How much land does the Conservancy own?

The Conservancy owns over 4,700 properties totaling over 6,500 acres.

Why were these properties purchased?

Properties have been acquired to meet statutory objectives, “for the purposes of protecting the natural environment, providing public access or public recreational facilities, preserving wildlife habitat areas, or providing access to, or management of, acquired lands.”  Of the over 4,700 properties owned, the majority (over 4,450) were purchased under the Conservancy’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands Acquisition Program.  These lands are managed as open space for the protection of water quality, and provide a variety of environmental benefits.

I’ve heard the Conservancy is selling all their land.  Is this true?

No. There are currently no properties for sale. The Conservancy will consider selling parcels only when they are not needed to achieve Conservancy conservation or recreation goals, or when State ownership is no longer necessary to achieve the goals of the original acquisition.

What are asset lands?

Asset lands are properties that can be considered for possible sale or trade at some point in the future consistent with the Conservancy’s adopted Asset Land Sale Program Guidelines. They are not restricted from sale by law or Conservancy Board policy.

The 17 Area Plan or Town Center Asset Lands are developable parcels in the Kings Beach, Meyers and South Tahoe “Y” area plans or town centers that could support sustainable compact development consistent with local area or town center plans.

One of the Town Center Asset Lands in South Lake Tahoe was authorized by the Conservancy Board for pre-sale activity in March 2014, and the remaining four Town Center Asset Lands in South Lake Tahoe are proposed for pre-sale authorization at the Conservancy’s September 15, 2016 board meeting.

How many Conservancy properties could be considered asset lands?

17 of the over 4,700 properties qualify as asset lands.

Will the Conservancy property next to my home be sold and a new house constructed?

While possible, this situation is highly unlikely.  Over 4,450 environmentally sensitive lands were acquired to protect water quality and conservation values.  These parcels are not included as potential asset lands.

Does the Conservancy have a list of asset lands?

Yes, please click here for the Asset Lands maps. For further questions please call the main office at (530) 542-5580.

Who owns the lot next door to me?

Property ownership information is available to the public.  Please contact the appropriate Assessor’s Office:  El Dorado County Assessor’s Office, or Placer County Assessor’s Office.

Can I buy the Conservancy property next door to me?

Only the properties currently listed on our website are for sale.

Can I get on a list if the property next door to me is listed for sale?

No, but you will be notified in the future IF the Conservancy property adjoining your home is ever listed for sale.

I hear the Conservancy does land trades.  Is this true?

Rarely.  A land trade with a private party has only been authorized on two occasions in 27 years and the circumstances and/or benefits to the Conservancy were extraordinary.  Any request must meet our strict, Board-adopted Asset Lands Program Guidelines criteria.

Can the Conservancy buy the property next door to me?

Property acquisition funds are currently limited.  The Conservancy’s priority for land purchases are properties in road-less subdivisions, high priority watersheds and lakefront areas.  High priority watersheds may include areas in the greatest need of protection, restoration, or explicitly defined by local regulation.

For more information, please call the main office at (530) 542-5580.