Shoreline Plan Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in Motion
With the fact finding phase of the Shoreline plan completed, TLOA and key stakeholders have started the environmental review process which includes examining a number of alternatives - each aimed at mitigating an aspect or aspects of environmental impact identified in the preferred alternative - along with a no-project analysis.
Overview: The Shoreline Plan EIS must consider and evaluate a reasonable range of project alternatives that meet the basic project objectives, are feasible, and have the potential to avoid or reduce environmental impacts as compared to the proposed alternative.
At this preliminary stage, staff has developed five conceptual alternatives with input from Steering Committee members:
- Shoreline Plan (Proposed Alternative). The general goal of this alternative is to enhance and balance recreational access along Lake Tahoe's shores while protecting the environment and responsibly planning for potential future development along the shoreline. Two alternatives must be included for analysis: the Proposed Project and the No‐Project alternatives. This alternative is the Steering Committee’s policy recommendations as endorsed by the Regional Plan Implementation Committee (RPIC).
- Maximize Access. The general goal of this alternative is to maximize access by removing the fish habitat prohibition currently restricting new pier development in prime fish habitat.
- Primarily Public Access. The general goal of this alternative is to minimize environmental impacts by limiting new shoreline development to public structures only.
- Go Slower. The general goal of this alternative is to meter the development authorized in the Proposed Alternative more slowly than proposed in order to further minimize or manage the risk of environmental impacts.
- TRPA Existing Shorezone Regulations (No Project Alternative). The general goal of this alternative is to balance access and environmental protection by applying the approach that was developed under the 1987 Regional Plan. This alternative will prohibit the placement of new structures, including piers, boat ramps, and buoys, in areas identified as prime fish habitat. Under the terms of the 2010 injunction, the Partial Permitting Program, which prohibits new structures that could increase boating capacity, would cease.
Following the TRPA's Governing Board's Regional Plan Implementation Committee input, TRPA staff will include conceptual EIS alternative descriptions in the Notice of Preparation (NOP). TRPA plans to start the scoping process for the Shoreline Plan EIS in May, that includes soliciting public input. Scoping will likely occur at the May Governing Board and June Advisory Planning Commission meetings.
TLOA supports the Proposed Alternative.