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Tahoe Keys Marina plans to expand

by Andy Bourelle

The Tahoe Keys Marina may come up with a Tahoe Regional Planning Agency-approved marina master plan.

“All the marinas in Lake Tahoe running slips are full,” said Dick Horton, co-owner of the marina. “There’s considerable public demand for slips. We’re just about the only marina in Lake Tahoe I can think of that has the ability to expand.”

Master plan improvements that are planned include an additional 150 boat slips, 120 parking spaces, 2,800 square feet of commercial floor area, 3,000 square feet of indoor boat storage space and boat racks to accommodate 130 more boats.

“We also want to make the marina much more attractive to the public than it is now,” Horton said. “Part of the master plan will be describing changes to improve the appearance of the marina.”

The marina, its consultants, TRPA, the city of South Lake Tahoe are in the process of starting to develop the environmental documents for the plan.

While other Lake Tahoe marinas are looking into the idea of developing master plans, none have quite reached that point, according to Coleen Shade, TRPA planner.

The regulatory agency is accepting comments as part of the notice of preparation for the document. That window for comment will close March 19, and the appropriate environmental documents are expected to be completed in June, Shade said. Another public comment period would follow.

“We’re at the very beginning of the environmental documentation process,” Shade said. “We hope to get as many comments and issues out in the open as we can from the very beginning.”

In 1990 TRPA adopted guidelines for marina master plans, which require any marina expansion of more than 10 slips or 10 buoys to have a TRPA-approved master plan. Adoption of a master plan is an amendment to TRPA’s regional plan.

Horton said marina officials hope the environmental documentation is complete by late fall. Adoption by TRPA would be required, and any projects would also need approval before work could begin.

Horton said he hoped the project approvals would be “fairly routine” with the adoption of the master plan.

The improvements would be made as soon as possible.

“These are fairly short-term (plans) for us,” Horton said.

Costs for the plan, excluding any money for implementation, are $300,000, Horton said.

What kind of impacts will the expansion have? That’s what the environmental documents should address – and what officials discussed at a meeting Wednesday.

The Advisory Planning Commission of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Wednesday received an update concerning the project. While no action was to be taken on the item, concerns were expressed during the public hearing.

Dave Roberts of the League to Save Lake Tahoe advised TRPA to proceed with caution.

No studies have been done, he said, that have identified the impacts of increased boating on Lake Tahoe.

“The League is extremely concerned about what affect additional boat usage will have on the waters in the Tahoe Keys … I think now is the time to start asking some of these questions. If you approve this master plan, you set the precedent for other master plans,” he said.

Others agreed there were many questions needing answers.

“You’ve raised an awful lot of questions I think we need to have answers to,” said Kevin Cole, the California lay member on the board.

A steering committee – made up of TRPA, South Lake Tahoe, the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association, California Tahoe Conservancy and others – met in January to begin discussions on the plan.

Another steering committee meeting is scheduled for Jan. 26 at the Tahoe Keys Marina, 1 to 3 p.m. It is open to the public.

For residents who want to comment on the Notice of Preparation for the Tahoe Keys Marina Master Plan, send written comments to:

Coleen Shade

Long Range Planning Division

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

P.O. Box 1038

Zephyr Cove, Nev. 89448

For more information, call Coleen Shade at (775) 588-4547

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