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Lake Tahoe Boulder Bay project: Deadline for public input looms

Matthew Renda
Sierra Sun

CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. and#8212; Residents with opinions regarding the initial environmental study on Boulder Bay must submit input to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency before Thursday, Feb. 4, the deadline for public comment.

After Thursday, all feedback will be incorporated into the final study and#8212; the Final Environmental Impact Statement.

and#8220;All the issues raised by the public will be addressed in the FEIS,and#8221; said TRPA Spokesman Dennis Oliver. and#8220;The authors of the FEIS will look to see if any substantive issues were raised by the public and will include those concerns in the final document.and#8221;

The 1,589-page draft study dissects the ecological and economic impact of the proposed project in Crystal Bay and Brockway that aims to redevelop the Tahoe Biltmore and Tahoe Mariner sites, offering five alternative options.

Boulder Bay has supported alternative C, which boasts a 300-room hotel with a 10,000 square-foot casino, 59 whole-ownership units, a spa and other amenities while promising significant water quality benefits.

Many have backed the project and Boulder Bay’s preferred option, according to commentary given at three public hearings within the past 90 days about the study, while others have voiced concern, namely about height, traffic and overall project scope.

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Following this weekand#8217;s deadline, independent consulting firm Hauge Brueck Associates, which prepared the draft environmental study, will author the final version.

Following completion of the final study, TRPA will make a recommendation for approval to the governing board, Oliver said. There will be one more public comment period before it votes on the final study.

If the board approves the final study, Boulder Bay can move forward with the project, Oliver said, adding TRPA hopes to have a final decision on Boulder Bay, and#8220;one way or the other,and#8221; by the summer of 2010.