Allocations are still a TRPA priority |

Allocations are still a TRPA priority

With all the talk and work that’s been put into a scenic system, a policy that could change the amount of building allowed each year at Lake Tahoe Basin seems to have taken a backseat.

But Juan Palma, executive director at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, says it hasn’t. He said his Deputy Director Carl Hasty “has that tiger by the tail.”

While Palma made a scenic building review system for lakeshore homes his priority, Hasty devoted his energies to a system that would tie the amount of home building at the basin more closely to environmental projects.

“He’s engaging people who can help us find a solution,” Palma said.

The system being proposed, supported by environmental groups who say development at the basin must be reduced, at one point was expected to be dealt with at the agency’s Governing Board on Wednesday. But the item never made the agenda because of the scenic issue, which ended up being postponed until January.

At past meetings, agency staff has said that if a new way of determining the amount of home building at the basin isn’t approved, there may be no building rights, or allocations, approved for 2003.

“There is that comment,” Palma said. “But there is no such intent. My intention is to have the allocations out by a January-February time frame. We need to have them out so the counties and the city can allocate them to the citizens. We just have some issues to resolve.”

— Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or at

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