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TRPA approves Tahoe City Marina expansion

Andrew Cristancho
Sierra Sun
Officials at the Tahoe City Marina received approval from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's Governing Board on March 26 for their Phase I expansion. Work could begin this summer.
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The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Governing Board approved unanimously the expansion of the Tahoe City Marina on Wednesday.

The project, known as Phase I of the Tahoe City Marina, is included in the marina’s master plan, which the planning agency also approved back in 2005.

The expansion will increase boat parking by 81 slips and provide a 728-foot pier.

Related to, but separate from the expansion, is enhanced access of a Lakeside Bicycle Trail through the area. The trail is a joint project of the Tahoe City Public Utility District and California Tahoe Conservancy.

Marina officials plan to stop boat launching activities between 12 and 6 p.m. during busy holiday periods, to allow for the free flow of people and cyclists through the proposed recreation corridor, said Jason Ramos, a Tahoe Regional Planning Agency staffer at the March 27 board meeting.

Phelan said in a subsequent interview that the plan will help ease traffic problems in Tahoe City at peak driving times.

Phelan gave a brief presentation before the board approved the project at Wednesday’s meeting.

Included in his talk was an explanation of a 45-foot slot that has been designed into the public pier for use by a future ferry.

He said boats larger than 45 feet would be able to land there as well.

The planning agency’s Executive Director John Singlaub, Phelan and board member Bruce Kranz all in separate statements during the March 25 meeting reiterated that this project was completely different from a public parking garage proposed by Placer County’s department of redevelopment, which has not been resubmitted to the board due to lack of public support.

The marina plan provides for 29 new automobile parking spots to accommodate the boat parking expansion.

Principals at the marina still need some permitting but are whittling down the field of governmental agencies. The California Department of Fish and Game signed off early on the project, according to Phelan. On March 12, in separate meetings, the TRPA’s Advisory Planning Commission and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board both approved the project’s progress. On March 25 the California State Lands Commission granted a lease to the expansion, according to Barbara Dugal chief of the land management division.

One of the last approvals needed is from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Phelan said. He was not sure when that would come.

Although progress is being made, Phelan remains guarded about when construction will begin.

“I can’t breathe easy until [the expansion] is done,” he said. “We have got two to three years of work ahead of us.”

Although he remains guarded, he said he was happy about Wednesday’s board decision and said he hoped to begin construction this summer.

The governing board approval will expire in two years, “unless the construction has commenced prior to this date and diligently pursued thereafter,” according to TRPA documents.

Project Description: The Phase 1 project includes the following:

– A 728-foot public pier

– 81 new boat slips

– Relocation and expansion of fuel stations and sewage and bilge pump

facilities.

– Installation of a boat wash and boat lift structure.

– Reconfiguration of the marina buoy field and navigation buoys.

– 29 new surface parking spaces within the Tahoe City Marina project area