Proposed fee increase supports agency staffing |

Proposed fee increase supports agency staffing

Gregory Crofton

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency says it needs to raise its building application fees in order to recoup the $1.4 million it will cost for its staff to review project applications this year.

The proposed fee hikes, which, for example, would increase the application fee for homes from $503 to more than $2,000 depending on the complexity of the build, is scheduled to be voted on today when the TRPA Governing Board meets at Stateline.

The fee hikes would also create revenue for the agency to expand its staff by three positions, decreasing a workload that hovers around 400 project applications. If approved, the fee increases would take effect March 1.

Also today the Governing Board will consider whether:

— To approve the reconfiguration of boat slips at the Tahoe Keys Marina.

— To approve a master plan for the Tahoe City Marina.

— To approve the installation of sewage export line for the Incline Village General Improvement District.

— To support a resolution that would encourage elected officials to back a request to order a wildfire attack helicopter for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The helicopter, capable of sucking 2,500 gallons of water from Lake Tahoe in less than a minute, would be stationed in Minden or South Lake Tahoe.

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