Scenic issue vote delayed a month |

Scenic issue vote delayed a month

New regulations to control the scenic impact of homes along the shore of Lake Tahoe will not be voted on this month as expected by the Governing Board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

Juan Palma, executive director of the agency, has instead decided to conduct a workshop regarding the scenic regulation package when the board meets Sept. 25.

The package will likely go before the board for a vote when it meets Oct. 23.

People interested in the revamped scenic system — real estate agents, lakeshore property owners and environmentalists — need more time to work on issues, said Pam Drum, TRPA spokeswoman.

“I don’t think (Juan) feels disappointed moving the action to October,” Drum said. “We’ve been encouraged by a number of interested observers to make sure we take plenty of time to listen and understand people’s concerns. As long as we’re making progress, waiting another 30 days will be productive.”

Critics are most concerned about how the regulations, if passed, could limit the amount of a lakeshore home allowed to face the water, Drum said.

Another key issue is the separation of piers and boathouses from the scenic guidelines, said Jan Brisco, executive director of Tahoe Lakefront Owners Association. She said she only recently learned scenic rules for piers and boathouses will be distinct from rules that would apply to lakeshore homes.

Bob Wheeler, an Incline Village real estate broker, has also been part of the group negotiating with the agency. He is president of the Committee for Reasonable Regulation of Lake Tahoe, which formed in the wake of the proposed scenic review system.

“We are sincerely negotiating with them to come up with a resolution,” Wheeler said. “This (postponement) basically shows the amount of concern the community has over this issue and that the TRPA is willing to listen to the public and hear that input.”

Another proposed policy change from the agency that deals with allocations, or the right to apply for a building permit, will be presented as scheduled for action at the Governing Board on Sept. 25.

Proposed revisions to scenic and allocation review systems came as a result of the 2001 Threshold Evaluation. The TRPA released that report, issued every five years, in December.

It stated the agency was not making enough progress in meeting its environmental goals, which are nine thresholds set for air, water, soil conservation, vegetation, fisheries, wildlife, scenic quality, noise and recreation.

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