Shorezone decision could be reached by July 24 |

Shorezone decision could be reached by July 24

Annie Flanzraich / North Lake Tahoe Bonanza

A comprehensive plan that governs the building of piers and the placement of buoys could be adopted by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board by July 24, according to a schedule the board discussed at its Wednesday meeting.

The agency’s board decided that any pier or buoy applications submitted after Wednesday will be governed by the new ordinances.

The board will continue to discuss the ordinances through its July 24 special meeting.

“If there is a perception that the old rules are easier, there won’t be a rush (of applications),” said TRPA Executive Director John Singlaub.

Applications that were received before May 28 will continue to be considered under the old rules.

Some members of the public came forward to urge the board to continue refining the shorezone rules.

“This is a pretty convoluted process,” said Sarah Ellis, representing Nevada Realtors in the Tahoe Basin. “We request that you do a reading first, and we hammer things out and then do a second reading.”

The final shorezone package will be released June 19 as part of the June 25 Governing Board packet. There will be further discussion at the June 25 meeting, then the Advisory Planning Commission will discuss the matter further. The Governing Board will convene July 24 for a public hearing on shorezone. A decision is scheduled for July 25. If the board approves the ordinances and the environmental impact statement, it will be effective Aug. 24.

“We’re trying to resolve any outstanding controversial policy questions before the full vote,” said TRPA spokeswoman Julie Regan.

Here is the schedule the TRPA Governing Board discussed Wednesday:

— May 28: Any new shorezone applications received after this date shall be processed under the amended Shorezone Ordinances. The 120-day application processing period will begin when the amended shorezone ordinances go into effect.

— June 19: Release the final shorezone package (program description, code of ordinances and final environmental analysis document) as part of the Governing Board meeting packet; post online.

— June 25: TRPA Governing Board meeting. Discuss few remaining issues or remaining concerns with the board. Let public and board get all remaining issues on the table. Hold public hearing.

— July 9: APC meeting and public hearing on amended shorezone ordinances (at TRPA offices).

— July 24: Special Governing Board meeting and public hearing on shorezone, second day of Governing Board meeting. Governing Board decision on amended shorezone ordinances and final EIS.

— Aug. 24: Effective date of amended shorezone ordinances (30 days after approval).

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