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Letter — TRPA must build public’s trust


I was happy to witness the TRPA Advisory Planning Commission (APC) delay action on Tahoe Research Group’s proposed research center in Lake Forest. As one APC member reminded his colleagues, extra effort and resources are being expended around Lake Tahoe to protect land such as this — undeveloped, publicly owned waterfront property — from any kind of development. The purpose is to protect the shorezone by retaining it for public recreational access in perpetuity.

I hope TRPA will apply the same care in evaluating the proposed 54 unit development along Burke Creek. Although the Burke Creek property is not waterfront, it is a critical, undeveloped buffer protecting the water and wildlife along the creek just above Highway 50. The property was once protected before all too common “Plan Area Shenanigans” changed that.

By refusing both of these projects, TRPA can continue rebuilding the public’s trust that there is NOT a double-standard operating in the basin. Even big money and big government should not be allowed to build on these undeveloped properties.

Michael Burgwin

Kings Beach

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