Builders on meadow agreed to conditions |

Builders on meadow agreed to conditions

Gregory Crofton
Jim Grant/Tahoe Daily Tribune Construction of this house next to the Bourne Meadow north of Round Hill blocked some of the view of Lake Tahoe from Highway 50.

The drive on Highway 50 north of Round Hill once provided a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe and for the opening scene of the TV show “Bonanza,” but that view has been compromised by a two-story house.

The construction provoked one woman to call the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency to ask how the Bourne’s meadow project was approved.

The plans for the house were approved before the agency passed its shoreland scenic ordinances, which regulate the construction of homes within 300 feet of the lake. But the TRPA did negotiate a number of conditions that protect environment as part of the building permit.

The home sits on 37-acres of privately owned land, which includes the entire meadow. The property recently came under new ownership.

Among those conditions, the property owner:

n Was not allowed to build on the meadow.

n Must improve water flow in the meadow so fish can live there.

n Screen the home with landscaping (it hasn’t been installed yet).

n Keep the house to the south, closer to the footprint of a smaller, one-story home that existed at the site.

The TRPA also worked with the owner on issues like the height of the house, 36.6 feet, and protecting aspens on the property.

“The use of the property is quite a bit different because of (the house’s) size,” said Julie Regan, TRPA communications director. “But there is still quite a bit of the lake that’s not blocked. The owner wanted to move the house farther north. There were some major discussions we had … we wanted to make sure (the house) didn’t go any farther over.”

The building permit also allows for a guest house, but plans have not been submitted for that structure.

“That would not be allowed to block the lake,” Regan said. “Those are scenic values we are trying to protect.”

– Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at

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