Lakefront group files information request to TRPA
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE A lakefront property owners group filed a Freedom of Information Act request on June 22 to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, asking for all documents related to its upcoming ordinances to regulate piers and buoys on Lake Tahoe.We want to see all documents and records describing or related to Alternative 6a, and we want to see the ordinances, said Jan Brisco, spokeswoman for the Tahoe Lakefront Property Owners Association.The environmental analysis has to be analyzing something. We want to know what that is, Brisco said. TRPA lead lawyer Joanne Marchetta said the agency is planning on releasing the final document and ordinances in August. The public will have 60 days to review the plan before it goes for a vote before TRPAs 15-member Governing Board.There is an attempt being made to obtain preliminary information before the final package is put together, Marchetta said. There isnt a final set of documents yet. Alternative 6a is a slight revision of a plan released last summer. The proposals are part of large document analyzing the environmental impacts of six possible ways to regulate the lakes shorezone area.How can you be analyzing something that doesnt exist? Brisco asked. Unless we see it described as ordinance language, we dont know how it will be applied.Briscos group has been waiting for a shorezone plan for 20 years. After a barrage of public feedback last summer, TRPA said it would release a set of ordinances sometime in January or February. Its unclear why they have been delayed until August.The agency held a public workshop in May, at which executive director John Singlaub went over a Power Point presentation that touched on highlights of the new plan. Brisco, several TRPA board members and representatives from other concerned groups have said it was not clear beforehand what the workshop would entail, and what would be revealed. There were a number of things missing from that presentation, Brisco said. We are getting all hung up on the new pier issues and there are so many other important components to this document. According to the May workshop, the newest plan includes several mitigation programs but no details on how they will work. A boat sticker program is still in the works and a study will be underway soon to determine boat traffic and its impacts. New this time around is a plan to tackle the invasive weed milfoil in Lake Tahoe. There were no details provided on these plans. Perhaps most vague is TRPAs proposal to charge $100,000 per pier and allow people to exchange or retire rights to build a pier. Its not clear what the $100,000 will be used for, or how the exchange program will work.
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