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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Develop solid community plans

The Community Plans must be fully developed in concert with the RPU process. The current proposal of only an environmental checklist in advance of adopting the new regional plan, then fleshing out the details of Community Character after the fact, with the counties in the lead position, is a process doomed for failure for the local communities.

Who will decide what our Community Character is? The TRPA? The county? The neighbors with a two-story home? We’ve heard a disturbing new description of Community Character from TRPA officials; they call it “local conditions.” What is local? In the case of the North Stateline Community Plan, is it: Brockway, Crystal Bay, is it Placer County, Washoe County, the neighbors, the general area, state of California, Nevada, or is it Incline or Kings Beach? Does that mean that existing local conditions, many of which are outdated and out-of-touch, will determine the direction of new development? The North Stateline Community Plan has the infamous Cal-Neva tower … so more of the same won’t matter?

I’ve heard some people say they think it’s the Community Plan Area, some say it is the directly affected neighbors, some say the county. The public deserves clarification of this before the Regional Plan process goes much further.

Ann Nichols

Brockway, Calif.

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