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Area conservation groups to host Lake Tahoe Regional Plan Update Q-and-A

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Concerns over what kind — and how much — development will be allowed under the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's long-awaited Regional Plan Update will be the focus of a meeting in Kings Beach next week.

Area groups, including the North Tahoe Preservation Alliance, North Tahoe Citizens Action Alliance, Tahoe Area Sierra Club and Friends of the West Shore, will host the Tuesday meeting at the North Tahoe Events Center.

NTPA President Ann Nichols, one of the event's organizers, said the Q-and-A session is being held “because we genuinely feel the information is not getting out to the public.”

“We just look forward to letting people know what's going on,” Nichols said Wednesday.

Allowing additional development on land classified for recreation, and increasing density, height and land coverage in some areas of the Lake Tahoe Basin are chief concerns among the organizers.

Local jurisdictions allowing more development if they are given additional authority under the plan is also a worry, Nichols said.

“We're just trying to keep an eye on all this stuff,” Nichols said. “There's a lot to be concerned with.”

TRPA spokesman Jeff Cowen said the agency welcomes engagement and comment on the Regional Plan Update.

Although TRPA staff were not invited to participate as members of the panel, agency staff will be on hand at the meeting as members of the public, Cowen said.

“We just want to make sure everyone has the most accurate information,” Cowen said.

Proposed increases to development standards like height and density in certain areas under the plan update are needed to create more pedestrian-friendly communities and move existing development out of sensitive land, Cowen said.

Existing growth caps will remain in place under the proposal, Cowen said. The regional plan anticipates .4 percent population growth each year for the next 25 years, Cowen added.

The agency has welcomed input on the plan for several years and will continue to take public comment on the plan as it moves forward, Cowen said. The TRPA's Governing Board is scheduled to vote on the regional plan near the end of 2012.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 22, 2012 03:33PM Published Jul 22, 2012 03:32PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.