A collaborative planning process working to enhance recreation and protect Lake Tahoe’s 72 miles of shoreline
At the Water’s Edge
The shoreline of Lake Tahoe is of both local and national significance. The 72 miles of Lake Tahoe’s shoreline offers a diversity of views that range from sandy beaches to isolated coves, rocky shorelines, and steep cliffs. While Lake Tahoe’s clarity goals, measured near the center of the lake, are of utmost importance, the shoreline is where most locals and visitors interact with Tahoe’s blue waters.
To view a map of Lake Tahoe’s shoreline including an inventory of shoreline structures (such as marinas and boat ramps), natural features, and environmental constraints go to: http://gis.trpa.org/ShorelineMap/
In 2015, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA), along with critical stakeholder partners, launched the Shoreline Plan to develop guidelines for appropriate uses along the shore of Lake Tahoe. This Shoreline planning initiative will update the shorezone element goals and policies in TRPA’s Regional Plan and the shorezone chapters in the TRPA Code of Ordinances.
About the Process
The overarching goal of the Shoreline Plan is to enhance the recreational experience along Lake Tahoe’s shores while protecting the environment and responsibly planning for the future.
Key policy issues that the plan will address:
- Recreational Access
- Marinas and Boating
- Environmental Effects of Access
- Recreational Facilities
- Low Lake Levels
- Streamlining the Approval Process
- Public and Private Access to the Lake
Reaching consensus on standards for shoreline structures such as piers, buoys and boat ramps has been difficult in the past with the complex mix of public and private land, the lake’s renowned water clarity and natural beauty, a complex regulatory environment with two states, four counties, a city and numerous state and federal agencies.
A team of diverse stakeholders has come together to create a holistic, robust and inclusive planning process for the lake’s shoreline.
The process, known as the Shoreline Plan, is working to develop a set of policies over the next two years based on engaging a wide range of stakeholders, rigorous scientific data, and creating an open, inclusive process.
TRPA and its partners selected an internationally recognized mediation entity, the Consensus Building Institute (CBI), to design and implement a strategic, organized process that engages stakeholders on all issues. Click here for a detailed outline of the process and timeline.