Sandy Beach upheld, lawsuit still possible
A Tahoe Vista project may end up in court after the Placer County Board of Supervisors unanimously denied an appeal against it Monday.Friends of Tahoe Vista and the League to Save Lake Tahoe challenged the project which would have included 39 fractional ownership homes and six or seven affordable homes claiming the project is too dense, would create more traffic and parking issues, and abused the Tahoe Regional Planning Agencys Tourist Accommodation Unit system.The groups already filed a lawsuit against the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency over the project.We need to regroup as Friends of Tahoe Vista and consult with legal counsel, said Ellie Waller, a member of the group, when asked if they would also serve Placer County after the Monday ruling.Barbara Haas said their may be a silver lining in the boards decision.Maybe this will open a dialogue with the developers now that they know how the community feels, Haas said. I hope this doesnt need to go all the way to court.Friends of Tahoe Vista collected 379 signatures in Tahoe Vista for the appeal, and had the support of Lt. Governor John Garamendi, who took issue with the way the Tourist Accommodation Units were changing from small cabins to large three- or four-bedroom condominiums.But some residents of Tahoe Vista and nearby communities spoke in support of the project.I walked main street Tahoe Vista and some buildings are quaint, but most are out of date. Our town is dying of old age, said Marty Cohen, owner of The Shore House Bead and Breakfast in Tahoe Vista. We need this development and investment in our community.In the end, the board of supervisors found no reason to stop the project.I gotta tell you this is one I just dont get. I dont get where the vehement opposition is coming from, said Supervisor Kirk Uhler.Supervisor Bruce Kranz said the project applicants have followed the letter of the law, so it would be unfair to penalize them, but agreed the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency does need to get the Tourist Accommodation Units sorted out.Instead of dividing the community forever we need to figure out how to bring it together, said Supervisor F.C. Rocky Rockholm. Unfortunately there has been a lawsuit filled, and that seems to be an inevitable outcome, but nobody really wins. The Sierra Suns Nick Cruit contributed to this report
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