Debate is back on piers, buoys and motorboats |

Debate is back on piers, buoys and motorboats

After several months of delay, Tahoe’s planning agency will release proposed rules on piers, buoys and motorboats on Lake Tahoe at a public workshop at Cal Neva Lodge on the North Shore on May 25.

The item is on the agenda of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Governing Board, which will meet on other matters on May 24 in Kings Beach.

The workshop is expected to last all day. The rules will likely include regulations on how many new piers and buoys will be allowed on Lake Tahoe in the next 20 years, prohibitions on new construction in publicly owned areas of the lakeshore, as well as rules regarding motorized watercraft.

On Wednesday, the board will decide whether to release $35,000 from a “shorezone mitigation fund” to conduct a study of motorized watercraft on Lake Tahoe.

“We do not yet have the final (Environmental Impact Statement) or the ordinances completed in final form,” TRPA Executive Director John Singlaub wrote in a memo to the board, “but since we have had such turnover on the Governing Board, and so much rumor and speculation is surrounding the nature of the final EIS, I thought it would be wise to bring this forward in the form of a workshop.”

TRPA spokeswoman Julie Regan wrote in an e-mail in February that the proposed rules would come out in March. The release was delayed a month to April with Regan saying the agency needed more time to draft the ordinances.

Before April’s meeting, board member Coe Swobe asked staff members at the TRPA to consider delaying a decision on the rules until summer, when more homeowners who will be affected by them will be around.

At the April meeting, TRPA staff decided once again to delay releasing the rules, and the board agreed to delay a decision until 60 days after they are released.

The Cal Neva Lodge’s California room has seating for 200 people.

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