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Editorial: Temporary solution works for Tahoe

Progress stops for no one. Except, perhaps, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. But the agency is rightly exploring a temporary solution to a developing problem: A potential moratorium on new construction in the Tahoe Basin.

With the delay of Pathway 2007 until 2008, the old system for distributing a few precious building rights in the Tahoe Basin will expire before the new plan is put into effect – at least a year, assuming Pathway 2007 comes on line as expected.

Though new construction is minimal at Tahoe because of TRPA restrictions, it is still a vital part of the economy here, driving employment, economic development and real estate. Pending board approval, the agency will continue to operate under the current system until the 587 unused allocations (developed as part of its 1987 plan) run out, or a new plan is in play, whichever comes first.

Although the League to Save Lake Tahoe has objected to the idea of continuing construction when the new regional plan may include different priorities for the region, continuing construction at the current, slow, pace is not likely to compromise that effort. And when the current regional plan was developed, legal fights resulted in a three-year moratorium. We do not need a repeat performance.

The agency is right to ensure that progress, at least for now, may continue into 2008 while we wait for the Pathway 2007 master plan to finally be approved.

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