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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: TRPA director’s speech a harbinger for another hole?

Those of us who want to see the TRPA succeed in bringing about the changes that are necessary in the basin to attain the environmental objectives required by the bistate compact can only be dismayed by what we are hearing from TRPA’s executive director, Joanne Marchetta.

In what may fairly be called her “stump speech”, she says that the very tardy Regional Plan Update will tell us that the nine environmental thresholds can be achieved by ” sustainable redevelopment” concentrated in “town centers.” Town centers are, of course, an attractive concept. But she is not telling us how such redevelopment may be achieved, for, by her own admission, there is no regional economic analysis underpinning this assertion.

What we can look forward to seeing when the draft Regional Plan Update goes before the TRPA governing board in late March is, therefore, likely to be more wishful thinking of the sort we are all too familiar with here on the South Shore. The kind of thinking that results in large holes in the ground decorated with decaying concrete pilings. The kind of thinking so blatant in the city’s recently adopted General Plan.

Jerome Evans

South Lake Tahoe