TRPA staff doesn’t want boat lift |

TRPA staff doesn’t want boat lift

Gregory Crofton

A boat lift can block a good view, according to a staff report by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

Roger Primm, owner of a home at Jameson Beach Road just south of Pope Beach, has asked the TRPA for a permit to install a boat lift on a pier he plans to to rebuild.

The agency approved the rebuild of his 10-foot wide, 70-foot long pier, but TRPA staff has recommended its Governing Board reject plans for a boat lift.

“Boats are lifted off the water and generally protrude above the pier deck and that creates a view blockage,” said John Hitchcock, senior planner at TRPA. “Our concern in this area is protection of public viewshed.”

Primm says the lift will not block the view and that TRPA code only applies to boathouses, according to a TRPA report.

“Staff disagrees with this argument in that the issue is view blockage and a boathouse was only used as an example,” the report states. “A boathouse should be analyzed on its own merits and its consistency with the adopted scenic threshold standards.”

The TRPA has nine thresholds set to improve scenic, air, water, soil and wildlife qualities at the Tahoe Basin. In December, the TRPA released the 2001 Threshold Evaluation, a review that happens every five years. The report says scenic quality, especially at the shorezone, is in decline.

Primm, who could not be reached for comment Friday, got approval to rebuild the pier last July but he appealed a section of the permit that excluded the lift. The issue will be voted on by the TRPA Governing Board when it meets Wednesday.

In other action expected at the meeting, the Governing Board will discuss and vote on:

— A proposed settlement between the League to Save Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Keys Marina that would eliminate additional boat slips at the marina.

— Relocation of the TRPA offices to one of five proposed locations.

— An amendment to the TRPA Code of Ordinances to streamline enforcement of Best Management Practices, or environmental improvements that are required for property owners in the basin.

— A proposed settlement with a Placer County resident who cut down a pine tree without a sufficient permit from the California Department of Forestry. The resident’s permit allowed the cutting of four trees, not five.

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