Public input provided by two |

Public input provided by two

Greg Risling

Two people and only one meeting left.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Advisory Planning Commission held the second of three public hearings about parking on State Route 28 on Wednesday at Horizon Casino Resort. Residents on the South Shore had the opportunity to provide input about access to beaches along the East Shore but there were just two people who spoke to the issue.

The planning commission had a better response in Kings Beach last month.

Tahoe residents will have to travel outside the basin if they wish to comment about SR 28 access. The last of the meetings is scheduled on April 23 in Carson City.

The sparse turnout may be attributed to APC’s morning meetings that conflicts with many people’s work schedules. TRPA staff hopes to have to Carson City hearing at night.

The series of meetings aims to identify concerns from the public about the East Shore. After the sessions conclude, an environmental assessment will be conducted to find what the best solution may be for that portion of Tahoe.

Regional agencies are examining the possibility of building up to five parking lots scattered along SR 28. The parking lot sites were recognized in a 1996 recreational study. Planners are also looking at continuing a summer shuttle system that carts passengers from Incline Village and Spooner Summit to various beaches or other transit options.

The popularity of the hidden beaches may be the shoreline’s demise. Shoulder parking and two small parking lots were the only means of easy access to the area for many years. Most of the shoulder parking was eliminated last summer in favor of the seasonal shuttle project, which left visitors either to use the bus system or find their own way to the beaches. Planners are fearful that without a solution, the erosion caused by human hands will continue to diminish the lake’s clarity.

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