Agency may allow shoreline projects
More development in the shore areas of the Lake Tahoe Basin may be allowed if proposed changes to a Tahoe Regional Planning Agency ordinance reach fruition.
The bistate regulatory agency has completed a draft environmental document for its Lake Tahoe Shorezone Ordinance Amendments and will be asking for public comments on it until July 2. The proposal will allow the addition of – and extensions to – piers, buoys, boat ramps, floating docks and boat slips on Lake Tahoe’s 71 miles of shoreline. The amendments also will affect the basin’s other lakes.
At the earliest, the ordinance amendments could be adopted in November.
“There are still a lot of ifs, ands and buts that need to be worked out,” said Gabby Barrett, TRPA’s chief of long-range planning.
TRPA released the document for comment Friday. About 500 pages long and 2 1/2 inches thick, the draft environmental impact statement is the result of years of work.
“It’s something that has always been controversial and has really taken a lot of time and effort, more than the geographic area would seem to indicate,” Barrett said. “But the interaction between the lake and the land is very important, so I can’t say we’ve put too much time into it.”
While TRPA’s regulation of the basin’s shorezone dates back to 1972, a Lake Tahoe Shorezone Development Cumulative Impact Analysis released in 1995 formed a basis for the latest evaluation. After the 1995 document was released, a Shorezone Partnership Committee – composed of 25 stakeholders, including TRPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service and marina owners – met at least once a month for 1 1/2 years.
The environmental document is the result of those meetings. It explores four alternatives, none of which would be acceptable by the agency without mitigation measures that would offset environmental impacts development could cause. The alternative preferred by TRPA and the consensus group – Alternative 2 – is neither the most restrictive of the proposals nor the one that would allow the most development.
Public hearings on the proposal are tentatively planned for June.
Copies of the Lake Tahoe Shorezone Ordinance Amendments Draft Environmental Impact Statement can be viewed at the office of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency in Round Hill or at any of the basin’s libraries. Written comments can be submitted to:
Attention Coleen Shade
308 Dorla Court
P.O. Box 1038
Zephyr Cove, Nev. 89448.
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