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Judge dismisses League’s challenge to city’s general plan

Adam Jensen

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A federal court judge dismissed a Lake Tahoe environmental group’s lawsuit against the City of South Lake Tahoe on Thursday.

Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. signed an order granting the city’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit by the League to Save Lake Tahoe that challenged approval of the city’s general plan update. The update will guide development in South Lake Tahoe for the next 20 years.

The League’s lawsuit challenged the city’s review of the plan, contending the review did not address the environmental damage the plan could cause or suggest adequate measures to mitigate potential damage.

In his decision, Burrell said the League failed to demonstrate that it was probable the interests of the group and its members would be threatened by the fact that the city did not submit the general plan update to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency prior to approval.

Mayor Claire Fortier expressed support for Burrell’s decision in a statement from the city.

“The basis of democracy has always been that people can plan their future and the City of South Lake Tahoe and its citizens did so by adopting one of the greenest and most environmentally sustainable General Plans in the state of California,” Fortier said. “We are grateful that the Court has allowed the City to move forward without interference toward our goal of rebuilding green to keep Tahoe blue.”

Carl Young, interim executive director of the League, said he was not familiar with the details of the judge’s decision on Thursday.

“At this point, we will be weighing our options,” Young said.

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