Nevada Legislature approves funding for Tahoe Regional Planning Agency shoreline plan
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Lawmakers voted Thursday to approve $250,000 a year to support the Lake Tahoe Shoreline Plan.
The money will pay to implement the amended shoreline ordinances adopted over the past two years following an extensive environmental study by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. The plan will update shoreline regulations for structures including piers, buoys, boat ramps and marinas as well as enforcement activities, inspection and monitoring, control of aquatic invasive species, scenic improvement and education.
The plan lifts the longstanding moratorium on new shore zone development at the lake, setting out regulations for new piers, moorings and public boat ramps
TRPA officials advised lawmakers that some of the program costs are covered by fees but there are other costs not covered because the shoreline program benefits a variety of stakeholders and there is no direct way to assess fees on them all.
In addition, they pointed out that fee revenues can fluctuate because they are dependent on recreation.
The funding included in the governor’s recommended budget was approved by a subcommittee of the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means committees.