Agency approves mitigation fee hike |

Agency approves mitigation fee hike

Annie Flanzraich

Water and air quality mitigation fees for the Lake Tahoe Basin will now cost more after the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency approved hikes this week to reflect rising construction costs.

Water quality mitigation fees will rise by 32 cents while air quality mitigation fees will rise $6.20 for commercial development and $55.84 for residential development.

“If we look at the cost of acquisitions since 2000 the cost of acquiring property has skyrocketed,” said Rita Whitney, the water quality monitoring manager for the TRPA.

The mitigation fees require commercial properties to pay 10 percent of the cost and residential properties, which include motels and campgrounds, to pay 90 percent of the cost.

“Any place in the basin that has a bed is assessed a higher fee because they are considered to be the trip producers,” TRPA spokesman Jeff Cowen said.

The mitigation fees are reassessed every five years.

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