Lake Tahoe agency revs up for vote on bouy expansion at North Shore |

Lake Tahoe agency revs up for vote on bouy expansion at North Shore

Annie Flanzraich, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency will consider expanding the buoy field near Pinecone Circle in Incline Village at today’s meeting.

The plan proposed to TRPA suggests rearranging 11 existing buoys and expanding the field with an additional nine buoys to bring the total to 20. The new buoys would be configured on a modified grid pattern. The plan falls under the TRPA’s current shorezone ordinances and the projected area is in a marginal fish habitat according to TRPA documents.

The proposal was presented by the Incline Beach Association, which represents 27 parcels near Pinecone Circle.

“We’ve been working on this for five years now,” said Matt White, president of the Incline Beach Association. “State lands and TRPA asked us to change the layout and button a few things up.”

However, homeowners at the adjacent Vivian Lane Home Owner’s Association are concerned that this expansion could make the area crowded and possibly unsafe. The Vivian Lane Home Owner’s Association’s beach is continguous with the Incline Beach Association’s area and is separated by a multi-use shared pier.

“We have some concerns, mostly addressing safety issues for boat and craft and boat and swimmer interaction,” said Ralph Durham, president of the Vivian Lane Home Owner’s Association.

White said he was surprised by the concerns.

“Part of the process has not only been dealing with the TRPA but with state lands and the Coast Guard,” White said. “The Coast Guard has reviewed the plan and approved the plan because our buoy field is consistent with the appropriate regulations.”

TRPA staff is recommending that the item is approved.

“We are recommending approval, but we are also asking for assent from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Nevada Division of State Lands for navigation concerns,” said TRPA spokesman Jeff Cowen.

Members of the Vivian Lane Home Owner’s Association will attend the TRPA meeting and have sent letters to the agency to address their concerns.

“During the peak summer months it already is sometimes extremely difficult to load and unload the boats and passengers safely, while trying to observe the swimmers and children who are diving off of the pier,” wrote Kathy Nelson Nurns, a member of the Vivian Lane Home Owner’s Association. “To say that it is crowded is indeed an understatement! To further endanger the safety of the members of both associations seems irresponsible to say the least. I appreciate your consideration and ask that you deny approval of project.”

Today’s TRPA meeting will be held at 9 a.m. the Chateau at 955 Fairway Boulevard. The agenda item dealing with the buoy field is not time certain.

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