Agency to reconsider Elk Point water tank |

Agency to reconsider Elk Point water tank

Patrick McCartney

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency agreed to take a second look at a proposed water tank for the Elk Point Country Club at Lake Tahoe after defeating the proposal a month ago.

Board member Kay Bennett asked the board to reconsider the decision, but said her support for the project was not influenced by her friendship with the country club’s board chairman.

Last month, the agency’s board voted 8-5 to allow the country club to double the size of a water tank in a residential area. The motion failed, because a majority of the board’s Nevada delegation did not support it.

On Wednesday, Bennett asked for the reconsideration of the vote, after the project’s proponents submitted new information.

Bennett disclosed that her election campaign had received a donation from Capital Beverage, owned by Kirk Brown, the chairman of the country club’s board of directors. She said Brown was not the person who asked her for the reconsideration.

Susan Scholley, the TRPA’s legal counsel, said Bennett’s relationship with Brown did not constitute a conflict of interest under the agency’s compact, and that Bennett was free to discuss and vote on the motion to reconsider.

Three other TRPA members disclosed discussing the matter with either proponents or opponents of the project.

Gary Midkiff, a planning consultant representing two couples opposed to the project, said a reconsideration would send the wrong message to the country club.

“Tell them to go back, work with the neighbors and come up with something different,” Midkiff said.

But a reconsideration would not prevent the country club from negotiating with its neighbors and coming back with a project that reflects that, Scholley said.

In the end, the board voted 12-0 to reconsider the proposed water tank at its meeting in November.

Bennett did not voice any opinion during the discussion, but did vote in favor of reconsideration.

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