Shorezone Plan could be decided by July |

Shorezone Plan could be decided by July

Dan Thrift/Sun News Service fileA pier juts into Lake Tahoe. The proposed Shorezone plan TRPA is weighing would allow 1,862 new buoys, 128 new piers, six new boat ramps and 235 new boat slips around Lake Tahoe.

A comprehensive plan that governs the building of piers and the placement of buoys could be adopted by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board by July 24, according to a schedule the board discussed at its Wednesday meeting.Different iterations of the Shorezone Plan have drawn criticism from lakefront owners, conservation groups and California Lt. Gov. John Garamendi but after being stalled throughout the winter, the board moved the plan one step closer to approval Wednesday.The proposed plan the board is weighing would allow 1,862 new buoys, 128 new piers, six new boat ramps and 235 new boat slips around the lake but also reduce boat pollution on Tahoe.The agencys board decided that any pier or buoy applications submitted after Wednesday will be governed by new shorezone oridinances.The board will continue to discuss the ordinances through its July 24 special meeting.If there is a perception that the old rules are easier, there wont be a rush [of applications], said TRPA Executive Director John Singlaub.Applications received before May 28 will continue to be considered under the old rules.Some members of the public came forward to urge the board to continue refining the shorezone rules.This is a pretty convoluted process, said Sarah Ellis, representing Nevada Realtors in the Tahoe Basin. We request that you do a reading first and we hammer things out and then do a second reading.The final shorezone package will be released June 19 as part of the June 25 Governing Board packet. There will be further discussion at the June 25 meeting, and then the Advisory Planning Commission will discuss the matter further. The Governing Board will convene July 24 for a public hearing on shorezone. A decision is scheduled for July 25. If the board approves the ordinances and the environmental impact statement, it will be effective August 24.Were trying to resolve any outstanding controversial policy questions before the full vote, said TRPA spokeswoman Julie Regan.

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