Our View: Taking time for Tahoe | SierraSun.com

Our View: Taking time for Tahoe

If things had gone according to plan, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency might have adopted their Shorezone proposal by now.

But ” largely because of public outcry over the proposed rules for piers, buoys, marinas and boats ” the plan is still being bandied about by opponents, supporters and officials.

This gives the public another opportunity to make its voice heard.

While arguably all development around Lake Tahoe has an effect on the lake’s health, nothing is as precious as the shoreline of Tahoe.

The plan could be distilled down to the numbers of piers, buoys and boat slips allowed under the proposal, but the reason more than 225 official comments have poured in is it represents much, much more than those numbers.

Economies, recreation, businesses, property values and quality of life are all tied to the future of the lake and the lake’s shoreline.

The future of Tahoe’s clarity will be greatly affected by development where the water meets land.

Tahoe is special. That became obvious when everyone from the state’s lieutenant governor to the attorney general weighed in on the TRPA’s plan.

But no voices should drown out the comments of the public, who have expressed concerns with public access, boating opportunities for homeowners without lakefront parcels and the proliferation of piers.

So we’re glad the TRPA is taking its time with the decision.

And we’re hoping that the public takes the time to add to the many comments they have already voiced over the proposal.

Finding the middle ground on this plan may never be easy. But taking a little extra time for Tahoe is worth it.