Tahoe Vista residents voice concerns over marina project
It was standing-room only Thursday morning for a meeting to hear details about the North Tahoe Marina Master Plan ” a plan that is needed to add boat slips to the marina.
Nearly 80 community members came out to have their voices heard at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency-mandated steering committee meeting, but were told that only new comments would be accepted as time was limited and the plans are in the beginning stages.
“You need to stay on top of the public input process. There has been an emotional upswell because [people] think this will happen quickly,” Steve Noll of Design Workshop, a South Shore-based consulting firm, told the crowd. “We’re just in the beginning planning stages. There will be plenty of opportunity to put in public input.”
Jim Walsh, owner of the North Tahoe Marina in Tahoe Vista, said he wants to expand his public marina because of prevailing winds and a shallow harbor mouth. He proposes to remove his buoy field and to put moorings inside a protected wall.
The plan currently calls for 183 boat slips, to have the marina extend 605 feet into the lake, a marina navigation channel and a kayak access channel. Walsh also noted that he plans to complete a paved parking lot across the street to help with additional traffic into the marina.
Alvina Patterson, who owns the Holiday House adjacent to the marina and sits on the steering committee, said she is concerned about the increase of boats on the lake in general.
Two Tahoe Vista residents who live close to the marina expressed concerns over increased trailer traffic and the impact that would have on the neighborhood.
Ellie Waller, a Tahoe Vista resident, said the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency should consider environmental impact reports for projects as a whole rather than on an individual basis.
“This addresses the safety of boats, but not all the people on Lake Tahoe,” said Barb Cohen, a Tahoe Vista resident and kayaker. “I’ve had three scary incidents of boaters not recognizing me and almost getting killed.”
Noll said the steering committee will finalize the master plan and then the scoping process will begin in six to eight months.