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Opinion: Will proposed developments destroy Lake Tahoe and Truckee?

Bette Parlette

I am a full-time resident in Kings Beach. I've only been so for the last 8 years. However, I've been coming to Tahoe in winter and summer over the last 60 years. I can't really speak as an old timer local, but I have seen so many changes over these many years. Some good and some bad.

Now it seems to be way more bad than good.

I keep reading in our local papers about what's happening in the Tahoe-North Tahoe area and it makes me want to cry or scream. The recent op-ed by Ann Nichols on Jan. 13 — "What is Lake Tahoe-Truckee's environmental tipping point?" — encouraged me to speak up.

She is so right and I can't understand why all this development and planned development in the Tahoe Basin is happening. There has to be a limit to what we can accommodate. We are already overwhelmed with traffic; hours to get to the ski hill and parking lots overfilled when we get there; long lines and no parking at Safeway; and waits of up to an hour or more to get a meal at our restaurants.

Where are intelligent, forward-thinking planners, not interested in making a buck, who might make sensible decisions for the future of the Tahoe basin? The advertisement I received in the mail last week announcing the 2018 opening of the Brockway Campground really caused me concern.

I have been paying attention to what's going on, but this totally slipped by me. I had no idea this was going forward. I thought there was going to be some input from the community about this project.

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It is a big mistake for all the reasons presented earlier … degradation of our beautiful forest ridgeline, disruption of wildlife corridors, more traffic, chance of fires, need for infrastructure (water, electricity, sewage treatment, roads) which degrades the environment, access out of the area in the event of wildfire or other disaster. The traffic on Highway 267 during busy times of the year is quite heavy now.

Ms. Nichols mentions the Sierra Sun opinion piece on Jan 8, "We owe an apology to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada." Yes, who is "we" and why aren't "we" doing something about it? We have seen what the increase of tourists and visitors have brought us … more garbage on our beaches and our snow play areas.

I don't see why TRPA isn't doing something (which they are supposed to) to SAVE Tahoe. Do the developers of all these proposed and in-the-works projects have more say than we, who live here? Of course, they have more money.

I totally understand that people want to live in this most beautiful place, but how can that be without destroying it?

Bette Parlette is a Kings Beach resident.

Editor’s note

The Brockway Campground proposal, which is referenced in this opinion column, includes the development of 550 campsites and various amenities on a 104-acre parcel near Brockway Summit inside the Lake Tahoe Basin, between Northstar California and the Fibreboard Freeway.

At this time, the proposal is undergoing various levels of environmental review by Placer County and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Nothing has been approved, and public comment meetings on the project are expected to be scheduled at TBD times and locations in 2016.

Visit bit.ly/1U7sORL to learn more about the project.