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Modifying buoy rules on board’s agenda

Annie Flanzraich
Sierra Sun

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. and#8212; A agenda filled with project approvals and a discussion about buoy rules is in store for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board at its June meeting.

The board meets at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday at the TRPA offices at 128 Market Street, Stateline, Nev.

The board will look at streamlining the process for homeowners trying to get a buoy placed in the lake.

TRPA code requires buoy applicants to complete Best Management Practices before TRPA can issue a buoy permit. However, because many lakefront property owners do not have their upland BMPs installed, they are not applying for buoy permits, according to TRPA reports. This delays TRPA’s ability to identify illegal buoys.

The propose change would require BMP completion, but would allow the applicant one year to complete their BMPs or else risk buoy approval.

The TRPA Advisory Planning Commission recommended approval of the amendment at its June 10 meeting, but expressed concern that a year might not be long enough to complete the BMP process. At that same meeting, the League to Save Lake Tahoe asked that buoy permits not be issued until a BMP Certificate of Completion was obtained for upland property.

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A new building for the North Tahoe Fire Protection District at 221 Fairway Drive in Tahoe City is also on the board’s agenda.

The building would house administrative personnel and fire and training facilities. It would include a 5-stall bay for fire fighting vehicles and would also have space for the administrative offices and firefighter living quarters.

Special governing board approval is needed because the proposed project is a public service facility larger than 3,500 square feet in coverage.

Staff recommends the board approve the project.

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The board’s consent calendar includes finding that the Community Stadium 2009 project planned for Incline Village does not pose significant environmental effect. Approval includes a review of the findings staff has made about the project.

Earlier this month, it was announced the project will delay phase one construction and#8212; a public park and practice field facility at Incline High School and#8212; until the 2010 TRPA grading season.

Another agenda item involves recognizing Crystal Bay resident Stuart Yount for his more than six years of service on the board as the presidential appointee under the George W. Bush administration.

During his farewell speech in May, Yount told remaining board members the most important things for TRPA to focus on are economic revitalization of the basin, lake clarity, fire safety and invasive species.