TLOA Helps Guide Revived Shoreline Plan
After 34 years, the highly contested TRPA Shorezone Ordinance has resurfaced as the Shoreline Plan, a collaborative planning process between stakeholders. TLOA serves on the Stakeholder Advisory Group and Joint Fact Finding Committee to ensure your private property rights and enjoyment are fairly represented in the policies and regulations.
What makes this process different is the commitment to find agreement on key issues before crafting ordinances. This is intended to create a comprehensive plan that can be supported by the lakefront community, agencies, and the public at large. The process uses a science-based approach to help inform the discussion, with quantifiable environmental targets and fair share allocation of resources. The discussion will center on boating related structures and uses, departing from the divisive discussions of the past. If everything stays on track, the Initiative process will be completed by 2017. To learn more about the Shoreline Plan and to locate public workshops, please visit Shorelineplan.org
Our number one priority is protecting lakefront owner property rights and the Lake Tahoe environment today, and for generations to come. We are committed to find opportunities to improve public access on public land, and for better use of SB630 funds to fight invasive species. While 45% of the Tahoe shoreline is public ownership, only 30% is utilized. Throughout the Shoreline Planning process, TLOA seeks to help lake-wide land managers and recreation providers with stewardship and appropriate access of the remaining public lands.
“After nearly 30 years, we are eager to complete a lasting Shoreline Plan,” said Jan Brisco, executive director of the Tahoe Lakefront Owners’ Association. “Every lakefront property owner cares deeply about Lake Tahoe and it is imperative that we achieve a balanced approach, one that will provide recreational enjoyment along with shorezone stewardship for generations to come.”
As TLOA participates in the multi-year Shoreline Planning process, it continues to support projects that need immediate attention, such as public safety and AIS control projects, to keep the Lake Tahoe community safe and functioning.
TLOA has been focusing on community enrichment and stewardship programs for years, including:
- Educational and Safety Wayfinding Signage on Public Beaches;
- Emergency “Safe Harbor” for distressed swimmers and boaters; and
- Stewardship Program for Tahoe Yellow Cress.
As part of the Shoreline Planning process, starting in July and continuing through September 2016, agencies in Nevada and California will be conducting a count of all buoys in Lake Tahoe. This information will provide a baseline for the existing number of mooring buoys, so it is imperative that your buoys are counted.
In addition to taking a physical count, agencies will be compiling GPS coordinates as close as possible to the buoys.You can expect to see boat crews in power and paddle craft in close proximity to your buoys. In some cases, the GPS coordinate will locate the float and not the buoy anchoring device.
While we understand many of you have not connected your buoy float to your anchor/chain assembly due to low water conditions, we feel it is imperative to make sure your buoys are counted. If you are unable to attach your float, you may contact the appropriate state lands agency listed below and provide them with your buoy location information to ensure your mooring(s) is/are counted.
For Questions or to Report your Buoy(s) Location:
Nevada: Nevada Division of State Lands
Elizabeth Kingsland, Management Analyst (775) 684-2720
California: California Division of State Lands
Ninette Lee, Public Land Manager (916) 574-1900
All buoys (authorized and unauthorized) will be counted. This information may be compared to existing lease or permit data maintained by the state or Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. No enforcement action will result as part of this agency buoy count.
Since the shorezone moratorium on new development was imposed in 1982, TLOA has been working to reach workable compromise on myriad issues. The existing rules were adopted in 1987 and remain relatively unchanged. Through litigation by the League to Save Lake Tahoe and Sierra Club, the entire 2008 Shorezone Ordinance package was vacated by the Federal Court with a clear message sent to TRPA: Go back to the drawing board and get it right. While we believe a good portion of the package can be resurrected and folded into a new EIR/EIS, there are a number of issues that will require additional research and analysis prior to adoption by the TRPA Governing Board and other agencies who need to amend their regulations, policies, and plans. TRPA was mired in funding issues for the update shorezone package, which is expected to cost between $450,000 and $800,000, but has committed that shorezone remain a top priority. When funding is secured the process will take about 18 months to complete. Meanwhile, the TRPA is doing what it can to collect data and other important documentation that will help in expediting an updated package of shorezone amendments. TLOA will be there every step of the way.