Tahoe Donner marina project review slated for April 16
April 4, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Proposed renovations to the Tahoe Donner-owned Beach Club Marina on the east end of Donner Lake will be considered by the town’s planning commission on April 16.
Tahoe Donner, a 7,000-acre homeowner association that features both public and private amenities, aims to provide its members greater accessibility throughout the private marina, while enhancing the lawn area and outdoor dining opportunities through this renovation project.
According to a previous report, one of the biggest points of contention with the proposal has been the planned removal of trees at the marina site. As the project is proposed today, 20 Jeffrey pine trees, greater than 6 inches in diameter at breast height, would be cut down. Of those trees, one is identified as dead, two are identified as hazard trees, nine are being removed for tree stand health and eight are identified as conflicting with project design.
However, those trees will be replaced with 20 new Jeffrey pines in the landscape area, along with shrubs, perennials and groundcover, according to the project proposal.
Other elements of the project include grading and terracing for new walkways, the construction of an outdoor patio complete with a glass windscreen on the south side of the patio, an enhanced picnic/lawn area and new exterior lighting. No new parking is proposed.
A study done to evaluate the environmental impacts of the project found there to be “no substantial evidence” that the project would have a significant effect on the environment, if proposed mitigation measures are followed. Areas of study included: aesthetics; agricultural and forest resources; air quality; biological resources; cultural resources; geology and soils; greenhouse gas emissions; hazards and hazardous materials; hydrology and water quality; land use, planning, population and housing; mineral resources; noise; public services; recreation; transportation/traffic; and utilities and service systems.
The planning commission will also consider the findings of the study, which is open to public comment until April 16. Comments can be mailed to town of Truckee Planning Division, Att: Jenna Endres, 10183 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee, CA 96161 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.