Comments sought on possible North Lake Tahoe public pier extension
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Mail: California Department of Parks and Recreation, Sierra District; PO Box 266, Tahoma, CA 96142; Attention: Marilyn Linkem, superintendent
Comments due: 5 p.m. April 15
KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Time is running out for people to provide initial input on environmental concerns regarding the replacement and relocation of the public pier at Kings Beach State Recreation Area.
Comments to help prepare a joint Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statement that will study the project are due 5 p.m. April 15.
Originally, input was due Feb. 12. However, the comment period was extended to address “procedural issues” regarding the environmental document, said Sue Rae Irelan, associate environmental planner for the California Tahoe Conservancy.
Pier reconstruction is being considered to increase lake accessibility for pedestrians and boaters and offer more recreational opportunities at KBSRA, according to California State Parks, which owns and manages the site.
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The existing pier is 210 feet long, falling short in its functionality during years of low lake levels, Irelan said. The new pier is proposed between 520 feet and 600 feet, depending on its placement.
Two possible sites are being considered — where the existing pier is located, near the middle of the state park; or adjacent to the existing boat ramp, located at the east end of the beach.
Other site alternatives, however, are being accepted during the scoping process. Under any reconstruction scenario, the existing pier would be removed.
No cost estimates for the replacement pier exist, nor is any funding lined up at this time, Irelan said.
Project comments will also be accepted at a Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Advisory Planning Commission meeting, which starts at 9:30 a.m. April 13 at 128 Market Street, Stateline; no project action will be taken.
After the 15th, Sacramento-based Ascent Environmental will prepare the joint EIR/EIS, which will analyze not only the proposed pier reconstruction project, but also an update to the KBSRA General Plan.
It’s estimated the document along with the general plan revision and associated work will cost $764,000, with the CTC, State Parks and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association providing funding through a mix of state bond money and local visitor-generated tax fees, Irelan said.
A draft environmental document is anticipated for release in either late spring or early summer 2017, she said. Release of the final document and public hearings are envisioned for the fall or winter of 2017-2018.
Both the TRPA Governing Board and California State Park and Recreation Commission will need to approve the pier project for it to move forward, Irelan said.
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