TRPA will critique its scenic ordinance |

TRPA will critique its scenic ordinance

They’re baaack.

Scenic regulations set to go into effect Jan. 19 will be revisited by officials from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency when it meets Wednesday.

A technical review board called the Advisory Planning Commission is expected to analyze three amendments that passed with the scenic regulations in November. The amendments will then be reviewed by the TRPA Governing Board on Jan. 22.

The scenic ordinance was and is a controversial one. The TRPA held dozens of public meetings over many months in an effort to reach a middle ground acceptable to environmental groups and lakeshore homeowners.

The regulations adopted allow the TRPA to use a numeric evaluation system to determine how homes along the shore of the lake impact the landscape of the Lake Tahoe Basin. The ordinance also requires homeowners located in scenic areas, such as along Highway 50 and Pioneer Trail, to use specified colors when they repaint their houses, said Pam Drum, agency spokeswoman.

The TRPA has two public meetings planned to explain and introduce its scenic ordinance. The meeting on the South Shore will be at the Horizon Casino Resort from 5 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 14. The meeting on the North Shore will be at Kings Beach in the North Tahoe Community Conference Center from 5 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 15.

“We’re going to run through some examples, some exercises using real life structures,” Drum said. “We hope to have printed by then color charts for the new paint requirements.”

The colors vary but most are dark shades of brown, gray, green and red.

“Typically I think those are the colors people choose anyway,” Drum said. “It’s a wide range of colors.”

In response to the ordinance, a group of landowners from Incline Village, the location of a large number of lakeshore houses, formed an organization called the Committee for the Reasonable Regulation of Lake Tahoe.

The attorney representing the committee, Ronald Zumbrun, said he expects to serve an amended lawsuit on the agency sometime before Jan. 18.

In October, Zumbrun filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Committee challenging TRPA’s 2001 Threshold Evaluation. The scenic ordinances are based on findings in the evaluation.

— Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at

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