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Marina growth unchecked?

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is looking into whether the Tahoe Keys Marina has been expanding under guidelines proposed in a master plan yet to be approved by the bistate regulatory agency.

“We’ve received a couple of complaints from residents of the area,” said Pam Drum, TRPA spokeswoman. “We’re checking into what the complaints are about.”

Maureen Petiti, a San Francisco resident who has owned property in the Tahoe Keys since 1970, said many residents are upset.



“We can sit out there and watch it expand, and TRPA does nothing,” she said.

Dave Roberts, assistant executive director of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, said he has been contacted by concerned residents, has been to the Keys to look at their concerns and believes their claims that expansion is happening already.




“I don’t understand what the point of going through a master plan is if they’re allowing the work to be done without it,” Roberts said.

Ray Carreau, co-owner of the marina, said workers have “re-configured” some of the boat slips because they were too old and needed to be replaced.

“We have to wait until (the master plan) gets approved before we can finish,” he said.

In 1990 TRPA adopted guidelines for marina master plans, which require any marina expansion of more than 10 slips or 10 buoys to have a TRPA-approved master plan, which must include the completion of a comprehensive environmental study.

The Tahoe Keys Marina has been working on the master plan for years.

Coleen Shade, TRPA planner, said the master plan is finished. However, the accompanying environmental documentation needed is being developed now.

The plan proposes 150 additional boat slips, 120 additional parking spaces, 2,800 square feet of additional commercial floor area, 3,000 square feet of additional indoor boat storage space and boat racks to accommodate 130 more boats.

A preliminary draft – one not yet public information – of the environmental report is to be discussed at a meeting Friday by a steering committee made up of TRPA, South Lake Tahoe, the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association, California Tahoe Conservancy and others.

A draft of the environmental document likely will be ready for public comment by the end of the year. The environmental proposal has four alternatives and is supposed to identify potential environmental impacts related to all of them.

Petiti said residents are concerned not only about the alleged current expansion but also by what is being proposed. She said the proposals will congest what “used to be a very nice, quiet lagoon.”

Carreau said the proposals would primarily upgrade what is already at the marina, addressing environmental, safety and aesthetic concerns.

Said Roberts: “I can’t say whether the expansion is good or bad. I don’t have any information at this point. But they shouldn’t be allowed to expand until the marina master plan process is complete.”

breakout

What: Steering Committee Meeting for Tahoe Keys Marina Master Plan

When: Friday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Tahoe Keys Marina second floor conference room


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