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December 23, 2011
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TRPA committee endorses changes to coverage rules

LAKE TAHOE — The Regional Plan Update Committee of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board has endorsed updated policies to improve land coverage restrictions and local governance, according to a statement from the agency.

The proposed policy updates will be analyzed in a draft environmental study due for release in March and the full Governing Board is expected to make a decision on the Regional Plan Update in December.

Chief among policy changes discussed by the committee were land coverage rules often regarded as restrictive and proposals for the size of projects that could be reviewed exclusively by local governments.

Under the proposed system, only larger development projects would require both TRPA and local government approval.

“Limiting the amount of land coverage at Lake Tahoe will continue to be a cornerstone of TRPA's plan to protect Lake Tahoe's water quality, according to the statement. “But reasonable changes are being considered to remove impediments that have slowed environmental progress.”

Allowing some coverage exemptions for bike trails, porous surfaces, small structures like garden sheds and allowing communities to regulate coverage on a neighborhood scale were endorsed by the committee and will be analyzed further.

More information on the Regional Plan Update, including specific policy proposals are available on the TRPA website.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Dec 23, 2011 05:16PM Published Dec 23, 2011 05:15PM Copyright 2011 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.