Sandy Beach Project on hold |

Sandy Beach Project on hold

Nick Cruit
Sierra Sun

Tahoe Vista’s Sandy Beach project was put on hold Monday afternoon due to legal action from two Tahoe groups.

A letter from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency put a stop to any land disturbance at the project site until the issues can be resolved, said Dennis Oliver, spokesman for the planning agency.

The Regional Planning Agency received a letter from the League to Save Lake Tahoe and the Friends of Tahoe Vista on Nov. 3 pointing out some irregularities in the land coverage on the Sandy Beach project site, Oliver said.

As part of the environmental review of any Lake Tahoe construction project, a series of verifications and other documentation must be provided for the amount of land structures will cover, Oliver said.

While such verification and documentation was approved by Placer County, the Friends of Tahoe Vista and the League to Save Lake Tahoe believe there are some potential irregularities in the amount of legal existing coverage, Oliver said.

While the Regional Planning Agency investigates coverage issues the project will be put on hold. The Planning Agency will not acknowledge project permits until the investigation is complete, Oliver said.

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“It is fairly complicated but I think we’ll have this resolved sometime in December or January,” Oliver said.

Depending on the outcome of the investigation, permits could potentially be revoked in which case project approval would no longer be valid, he said.

The Sandy Beach project would have included 39 fractional ownership homes and six or seven affordable homes on what is now a campground.

The Placer County Board of Supervisors recently denied an appeal against the project, upholding their approval.

California Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi weighed in on the project as well in October, writing to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, arguing against the transfer of Tourist Accommodation Units on the project.