Shorezone ruling: Impact on Regional Plan Update unknown
STATELINE, Nev. – How a Thursday federal court decision will effect a repeatedly delayed update to the regional plan for the Lake Tahoe Basin is unknown, said Tahoe Regional Planning Agency spokeswoman Julie Regan on Friday.
U.S. District Court Senior Judge Lawrence Karlton ruled in favor of basin environmental groups’ challenge to the TRPA’s approval of shorezone amendments in October 2008.
The amendments governed the development of Lake Tahoe’s near shore area, including the construction of piers and placement of buoys.
Much of the staff assigned to the regional plan, which will guide development throughout the basin for 20 years, also worked on the shorezone amendments, Regan said.
Developing an operational plan for TRPA staff to determine how progress can be made on both the regional plan and shorezone amendments is one of the many ramifications of Thursday’s ruling the agency still needs to analyze, Regan said.
“The workload for staff is one of the implications that we’re examining from the decision,” Regan said Friday.
The Regional Plan Update process was put on hold for six months in July, as TRPA staff prepares to incorporate direction from the governing board on the plan into a document, which will be analyzed as part of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the regional plan.
– Matthew Renda contributed to this story.