Scenic system to be discussed at meeting today |

Scenic system to be discussed at meeting today

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

A Nevada state oversight committee will conduct a public meeting today on a lakeshore scenic review system proposed by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

The review system, which provoked controversy with the public when presented to the agency’s Advisory Planning Commission in July, is one part of a larger shorezone report due next year.

Data collected by TRPA staff since 1991 indicates a new review system is needed to make the permitting process more black and white and to curtail horse trading-like negotiations. Those negotiations have allowed man-made structures to begin dominating the natural environment in the Lake Tahoe Basin, staff says.

Opponents of the new system argue it is being ramrodded through the agency and is not backed by enough analysis and would have dramatic economic impacts.

The system would use numbers to rate the contrast a home creates with the natural environment at the shoreline. The less contrast produced by a structure, the greater amount of lake view a property owner would be allowed.

The system would only affect existing structures if an owner requested another TRPA permit. For example, a request to attach a deck to an existing home might require it be painted a darker earth-tone color before a permit for the deck is approved.

The oversight group, called the Committee to Continue the Review of Programs and Activities in Lake Tahoe Basin, is conducting the meeting so the public can speak to state legislators about scenic issues.

The group can make a recommendation to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency regarding the review system.

“We encourage all members of the public to come to the meeting to learn about the proposal and provide input to their elected officials about this important issue,” said Juan Palma, TRPA executive director.

The meeting will be at the Incline Village General Improvement District, Chateau, 955 Fairview Blvd., from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

The TRPA expects to have additional public workshops at the North Shore and South Shore regarding its proposed scenic review system. The location and time of those workshops will be announced at the Governing Board meeting at the Horizon Casino Resort on Wednesday.

The lakeshore scenic review system will be heard by the Governing Board on Sept. 25.

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