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Realtor warns of possibility of over-regulating rebuilding effort

Adam Jensen

Hundreds of yellow fliers started popping up around South Lake Tahoe last week encouraging Angora fire victims to get a site assessment before removing debris from their property or risk losing valuable land coverage during the re-building process.

The number on the flier directs callers to South Lake Tahoe Realtor Sue Abrams.

Without a site assessment from a civil engineer or other documentation verifying the land coverage of a preexisting home, the size of new homes may be determined by the whims of El Dorado County building officials and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, according to Abrams.

“I don’t think they will rule in favor of the land owner,” she said on Wednesday. “Owners are either going to be happy with what they get or they are going to be real mad.”

Officials from the TRPA have pulled all files from properties in the burn area, looking or information verifying the sizes of homes destroyed during the blaze.

“Homeowners will be eligible to maintain their coverage under the conditions existing before the fire,” according to Julie Regan, spokeswoman for the TRPA, on Wednesday.

An on-going state-sponsored debris removal effort has included site assessments as part of its protocol and county building officials are also examining their documents.

“We’re going to research our records and gather as much information as we can, said Larry Lohman, El Dorado County building official, on Friday.

The building department has foundation plans for homes built after 1987 and officials have pledged to work with property-owners whose homes were built prior to 1987 and those who lack the proper documentation.

A coverage claim will likely be accepted “as long as it’s reasonable,” according to Lohman.

If requests seem exaggerated, pre-fire aerial photographs may be used to verify the land coverage of homes, Lohman said.


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