Board sets deadlines for suggestions about regional plan update |

Board sets deadlines for suggestions about regional plan update

Matthew Renda

STATELINE, Nev. – Board members of Tahoe’s federal environmental oversight and planning agency have until Oct. 13 to submit suggestions for the the agency’s Regional Plan Update.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has been updating its Regional Plan – a planning document that dictates the course of development and environmental policy for the entire Lake Tahoe Basin – for at least three years and as long as nine years, depending on who’s counting.

Last month, the TRPA governing board finished discussing policy for the five sections, or milestones, of the Regional Plan: water quality and stream environment zones, public lands, resource Management and recreation, land use, transportation, noise, energy and climate change and conservation.

After completing the discussion, board members expressed a desire to review the entire plan and make adjustments before staff submitted it to an environmental consulting firm for a Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

During the Thursday meeting of the TRPA governing board, members established the Oct. 13 for submission of board member suggestions to the staff.

“The time is now to move forward on this important document,” said TRPA Governing Board Chairman Allen Biaggi. “Decisions must be made and this board needs to show the desire and gumption to make those tough decisions.”

The conservation community also asked to make adjustments to alternative four – which presents the strictest regulatory alternative.

Alternative four was crafted with requests from the conservation community in mind, said Harmon Zuckerman, Director of the Regional Plan Update.

Nevertheless, alternative four does not accurately represent the needs of the conservation community, said Carl Young, program director of the League.

The conservation community has until Oct. 18 to submit suggestions to alternative four.

TRPA governing unanimously approved the 2010 Lake Tahoe Region Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which seeks to establish a long-term vision for integrating bicycle paths and sidewalks into future street construction and development, according to Karen Fink, TRPA associate transportation planner.

Fink said the plan advocates for increased connectivity between paths, and priorities projects while identifying potential funding sources.

The governing board approved two amendments to the code of ordinances which deals with shorezone: one to create fees for non-operational buoys and another to eliminate “strip littoral parcels.”

The board tabled an amendment that allowed for lakeside properties to establish buoys near their property.

Two other amendments – one that exempts projects below average lake level from scenic protection requirements and the other which creates a banking system, whereby property owners can transfer certain types of shorezone development – may be reconsidered at a later date.

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