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Mid-October deadlines set for Lake Tahoe’s Regional Plan

Matthew Renda
Sierra Sun
Sun File PhotoLake Tahoe officials have until mid-October to offer adjustments to the Regional Plan Update.

STATELINE, Nev, and#8212; Board members of Tahoeand#8217;s federal environmental oversight and planning agency have until Oct. 13 to submit suggestions for the agencyand#8217;s long-awaited Regional Plan Update.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has been updating its Regional Plan for at least three years and#8212; and as long as nine and#8212; depending on whoand#8217;s counting.

Last month, TRPAand#8217;s governing board finished discussing policy for the five sections, or milestones, of the plan: water quality and stream environment zones, public lands, resource Management and recreation, land use, transportation, noise, energy and climate change and conservation.

After completing the discussion, board members expressed a desire to review the plan and make adjustments before staff submits it to an environmental consulting firm for a Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

During Thursdayand#8217;s meeting of the governing board, members established Oct. 13 as the deadline for suggestions to the staff.

and#8220;The time is now to move forward on this important document,and#8221; said TRPA Governing Board Chairman Allen Biaggi. and#8220;Decisions must be made and this board needs to show the desire and gumption to make those tough decisions.and#8221;

The conservation community on Thursday also asked to make adjustments to alternative four and#8212; which presents the strictest regulatory alternative against perceived growth.

While Harmon Zuckerman, director of the Regional Plan Update, said the alternative was crafted with requests from the conservation community in mind, Carl Young, program director of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, disagreed.

The conservation community has until Oct. 18 to submit suggestions to alternative four.

The board on Thursday unanimously approved the 2010 Lake Tahoe Region Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which seeks to establish a long-term vision for integrating bike paths and sidewalks into future street construction and development.

Karen Fink, TRPA associate transportation planner, said the plan advocates for increased connectivity between paths, and prioritizes projects while identifying potential funding sources.

The board also approved two amendments to the code of ordinances which deals with Lake Tahoeand#8217;s shorezone area: one to create fees for non-operational buoys and another to eliminate and#8220;strip littoral parcels.and#8221;

The board tabled an amendment that allowed for lakeside properties to establish buoys near their property.

Two other amendments and#8212; one exempting projects below average lake level from scenic protection requirements, the other creating a banking system, whereby property owners can transfer certain types of shorezone development and#8212; may be reconsidered at a later date.