Placer County District 5 Bulletin | March 22

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | March 22


The season is changing and there is much to report on activities and projects related to Placer County .

The Board of Supervisors will be meeting in North Lake Tahoe on Tuesday, March 30 with a number of items that are specific to or impact Eastern Placer County, including:

  • Proposed revisions to the Short Term Rental Ordinance
  • Housing Program Mid-Year Report
  • North Lake Tahoe Town Center Parking Exemption Program
  • Dollar Creek Housing Feasibility Study Update
  • Presentation by the USFS on Activities and Plans with the Tahoe National Forest

These and other items will be presented at the meeting.

Board of Supervisors Meeting Information


The Board of Supervisors meeting will be held at:
Resort at Squaw Creek | 400 Squaw Creek Rd, Olympic Valley, CA 96146


Please note: The Placer County Board of Supervisors’ meeting agenda is typically posted by 5pm on the Wednesday before the Board meeting, and is required to be available online 72 hours prior to the meeting.

The public will be allowed into the room using strict protocols – limited to just 25% of the room’s capacity and will require 6-feet of social distancing inside and outside. To participate via zoom/phone or to submit public comment – including links, resources, and additional information – please CLICK HERE.


The California Department of Public Health announced that statewide vaccination thresholds were met allowing state tier metrics to relax. As a result, Placer County moved into the red tier on Sunday, March 14.

Covid cases continue to hold at about 7 cases per 100,000 population which keeps us in the “red” tier. (View a summary of what the red tier means here.) Both our 7-Day Positivity Rate and our Health Equity Rate have been in the “orange” tier since the beginning of March. We are hopeful that with the number of vaccinations in Placer County continuing to average around 15,000 per week, we will be able to further reopen our businesses and activities soon.


Also, in response to the devastating impacts of Covid to individuals, businesses and non-profits, Placer County has provided $16 million or 40% of its CARES Act funding in grants – the highest percentage of any county in the State. Looking ahead, Placer County is closely monitoring the new federal stimulus bill and we are optimistic for another opportunity to help our communities when funding becomes available.

As we look to further recovery, we are preparing for continued impacts to our public lands and resources. We anticipate summer visitation in the region will again be high and our staff has been working hard to prepare. This includes new and continued partnerships with other regional agencies and entities as well as implementing new programs. I look forward to sharing these with you in the weeks to come.


Placer County continues to be a leader in vaccination distribution, surpassing the State’s average in doses per 1,000 of population. As of today, nearly 170,000 doses have been administered in Placer County.

Currently, Placer County is offering vaccinations to individuals through to Phase1B, including persons 16-64 with certain high-risk medical conditions. I understand there are still countless people who are awaiting appointments as well as their turn and I truly appreciate everyone’s patience. Placer County staff will continue to work hard to ensure all of our constituents have the opportunity to receive their vaccination as soon as possible.

To be notified when large batches of new appointments become available, TEXT PLACERVACCINE to 898211 to receive text alerts. Vaccine remains in short supply relative to the demand and to the capacity of local providers to administer.



On March 9, the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted to finalize the creation of the North Lake Tahoe Tourism Business Improvement District – freeing up over $4 million in transient occupancy tax for transportation and workforce housing projects while also generating an additional $6 million in assessment revenue for North Lake Tahoe annually.

The TBID not only creates an avenue for all businesses to participate in local improvement projects but allows for a broader range of investments back into our community. From addressing traffic, to workforce housing, to the most pressing issues affecting our community, I am confident we will look back at this decision as the start of a more economically viable, collaborative and improved North Tahoe. Read more



Thank you for taking the time to connect and please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any additional questions. I am looking forward to seeing you in person soon.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

Applications available for Placer renters who need help paying rent due to COVID

Placer County is accepting applications for emergency rental assistance through April 30 at Income eligible households who are unable to pay for rent and utilities because of COVID-19 are encouraged to start the application process now. The Rent Help Placer program provides financial assistance to qualifying Placer County renters to help prevent housing instability or potential eviction due to a COVID-19 financial hardship. Learn More

Workforce Housing Preservation Program

Placer workers struggling to afford a home will soon have a new option to make their housing dreams come true. Placer County’s Workforce Housing Preservation Program will pay homeowners to deed restrict their properties so that only local workers can purchase or rent them. The program would provide qualifying home buyers a funding source that could be used for a down payment or renovations. The program would also be eligible for recently constructed housing that is deed restricted for local worker occupancy. Learn More

Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson:

District Director Lindsay Romack:

District Aide Kelly McCaughna:

Temporary Assistant District Aide Judy Friedman: