Burke project appeal denied
Lake Tahoe regulators Wednesday denied a proposal to reconsider a controversial Douglas County project near Burke Creek, Lake Village and Stateline’s Burger King.
The project, denied in September, is one the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s staff had supported, but others, such as the California Attorney General’s Office, said violated TRPA’s own regulation.
After six hours of discussion at TRPA’s September meeting, the agency’s governing board could not agree with the findings its staff had made regarding the South Shore Estates project. At that time, the proposal could not move forward.
Don Miner, Douglas County’s commissioner on TRPA’s board, asked Wednesday for a reconsideration of that vote, saying he felt TRPA staff had not had adequate time for rebuttal.
TRPA’s governing board, with a split vote, denied his proposal.
“I’ve been on the board six or seven years, and I’ve never sat through six hours of testimony on a project in that time … I really do believe we gave this applicant as much due process as we’ve ever given any applicant,” said Jerome Waldie, the board’s appointee from the California Senate Rules Committee.
Larry Hoffman, attorney for the developer, said after the meeting he didn’t know what his client’s next action would be.
The developer first proposed the project in late 1997 as a 44-unit development, but he has since changed the plans to 26. The developer and the project’s proponents have maintained that the potential impacts of the project will be more than mitigated, with measures such as restoring Burke Creek.
Opponents have disagreed. The League to Save Lake Tahoe has urged that a comprehensive environmental review be completed.
The developer still has the option to do that and come back before the board. The process to develop an Environmental Impact Statement likely would take a year and cost more than $100,000.
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