Lake Tahoe marinas to get more slips and expand existing ones: Bistate agency approves master plan for Tahoe City Marina
The first phase of a master plan that calls for 84 additional boat slips and a three-story parking garage for the Tahoe City Marina was approved last week.
The Governing Board of Tahoe Regional Planning Agency approved the master plan and its accompanying environmental study when it met Wednesday at Stateline. Building projects listed in the master plan still must be reviewed by TRPA staff and be approved by the Governing Board.
Rochelle Nason, executive director of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, an environmental watchdog group, stated objections to parts of the master plan before the board voted to approve it.
“There has not been a great deal of discussion about the parking,” Nason said. “We believe that between the highway and the lake is not the best place to put a parking garage.”
After the board approved the plan, Jim Phelan, general manager of the marina, looked relieved. He said it took eight years to get it approved. Phelan said he would like to try to get the slips, parking garage and other projects listed in the plan’s first phase done by 2008.
Today there are 160 slips at the marina: 13 are owned by the marina and primarily used to anchor rental boats; the rest are privately owned. Some of those slips are rented out to the public, but there is a long waiting list for them.
Also at the TRPA meeting, the Governing Board:
— Approved plans to reconfigure slips and enlarge a lift at the Tahoe Keys Marina so it can accommodate larger boats. The plan to reconfigure the slips evolved out of a 2002 legal agreement between the marina owners and the League to Save Lake Tahoe. The League filed a lawsuit to stop a master plan that had been approved by the TRPA. It called for a large expansion of the marina.
Before the Governing Board approved the slip reconfiguration project, it attached two conditions to the building permit. One requires that a sign be posted along the channel that leads to the marina. It will notify boaters that they operate their vessels at their own risk. Shelly Aldean, a Carson City supervisor and Governing Board member, suggested the sign requirement in light of an on-going lawsuit filed by the owner of a large boat that was damaged when it ran aground in the marina.
The other permit condition requires marina owners to cooperate with the TRPA in its efforts to create a boat washing/inspection program designed to decrease the introduction of invasive plants to the lake and to ensure boat engines meet the agency pollution regulations.
— Approved a $5 million project that will replace 3.2 miles of steel pipe that runs underneath Highway 28 south of Incline Village. The pipe is used by the Incline Village General Improvement District to pump treated sewage water out of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Sewage, which, if spilled, presents a health hazard and would fuel the growth of algae if it ended up in the lake, has been exported out of the basin since the late 1960s.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to fund about $3 million of the $5 million project, slated to begin spring 2006. Construction will limit traffic to one lane and cause 20-minute delays.
– Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at email@example.com
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