Letter — TRPA should work on enforcing iits codes before making new ones
After listening to TRPA spokesperson Pam Drum on the radio, I believe this agency needs to clean up it’s own back yard before imposing new restrictions.
TRPA is again threatening to further limit residential building allocations because they feel they aren’t “caught-up on environmental tasks.” Now then, for the past 15 years home builders have been paying extraordinarily high mitigation and environmental fees to construct their residences. Many years ago TRPA suggested they had millions of dollars from these fees sitting in the bank — but no programs to implement the environmental tasks. Why is it now our problem that this agency hasn’t the management foresight to implement these environmental projects in a timely manner ?
TRPA”s spokesperson went on to suggest the 300 yearly residential allocations in the basin represented a concern — and they hired a consulting firm to furnish them an environmental report. I would assume the hired firm’s report suggested precisely what TRPA wanted to hear (reduce new home construction ) so they could “catch up ” on their environmental projects.
As for the El Dorado County allocation system itself — TRPA has knowingly allowed developers to grossly and illegally abuse this system for years! This agency has turned its head to complaints that contractors and real-estate developers have been using a loophole to take more allocations than allowed per TRPA’s own Ordinance. The unchecked abuse of this allocation system has allowed greedy developers to sometimes build 10 to 15 homes EACH per year — when the ordinance specifically allows only ONE per person. If TRPA has a problem with too many homes per year, then let’s demand they enforce their own ordinance!
And what about the huge development projects near the casinos? The most recent one under construction near Crescent V center had a tremendous amount of deep excavation right across the street from the lake. It’s immensity, height and design surely aren’t environmentally conducive to the lake. How could TRPA approve a project with such great impact to the lake as this? New residence projects are dwarfed in comparison.
This agency needs to spend less time dreaming up new restrictions and concentrate on implementing environmental tasks and enforcing ordinances already in place.
South Lake Tahoe
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