Lettter: Tahoe locals should get active about TRPA land-use policy
Thank you for running the Sebastian Foltz article, “TRPA (Tahoe Regional Planning Agency) considering significant policy change.” I once was a newspaper reporter and love to read Sierra Nevada Media Group papers closely.
Thanks for following land-use policy that is for most of your readers a mind-numbing subject matter. I moved to the Tahoe Basin in 1993 and followed TRPA issues through your publications and other local media. I also write letters and attend TRPA meetings about land issues in the Tahoe Basin. I own land in Tahoe so I have a financial stake in the developed land coverage equation and policies that TRPA was mandated to adopt to control the rampant development of the past.
Foltz’s article is one of the reasons I never miss a day of your paper — watching for TRPA to say they want to change their coverage. By even “considering” to change the coverage equation, buildable lot coverage value will likely drop. Vacant buildable lots may be worthless for our poor Tahoe ancestors who have held onto the coverage for decades planning to retire off the value of the finite commodity. If TRPA adopts to cheapen the value of the finite “commodity” of coverage, that investment will likely never go up in value.
Because TRPA is considering changing coverage, Tahoe locals should get active. Those that care for Tahoe’s environment should take issue with adding more covered space (Walmarts, timeshares, paid parking garages). All Tahoe Basin land owners should argue against cheapening the finite value of their unique property by TRPA adding developed space.
TRPA has theoretically saved the remainder of undeveloped Tahoe through historic conservation-minded land coverage policies. Tahoe is 90-percent full of developable space.
Is TRPA “considering” to ignore the coverage equation it agreed to of undeveloped Tahoe? Why?
South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
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