TRPA offers guidance to homeowners |

TRPA offers guidance to homeowners

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is inviting homeowners to bring photographs of their houses to public workshops at the North Shore and South Shore this week.

TRPA staff will provide an unofficial analysis of how their property might be affected by a system that would determine the visual impact of buildings within 300 feet of the shore of Lake Tahoe. The Governing Board of the agency is expected to vote on the proposal Oct. 23.

A rating system would attempt to measure the degree a structure clashes with the natural landscape. That measurement could affect building permits issued by the agency.

TRPA staff says it has known since 1991 that the natural landscape has been in a losing battle with development. Property owners are tearing down smaller houses and building much larger homes that often contrast with the shoreline, staff says.

The workshops will begin with an presentation on how the proposed system would address the problem. The majority of the workshops will be devoted to answering questions and reviewing photographs provided by the public.

The first workshop is Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Horizon Casino Resort at Stateline. The second workshop is Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Chateau on Fairway Boulevard at Incline Village.

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