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Shorezone Project Applications

Screening Criteria for Shorezone Projects Under the Partial Permitting Program

Proposed shorezone projects are being screened by TRPA before application submittal to determine if the project application can be processed under the Partial Shorezone Permitting Program adopted by the TRPA Governing Board in June, 2011 and revised in March 2014. The screening criteria and the partial program are the result of a court ruling that recalled updated shorezone ordinances regarding development along the waters of the Lake Tahoe Region. Under the court order, the Agency must limit the type of shorezone project applications that it can accept and process. To help shorezone project applicants determine in advance if an application can be accepted for review, TRPA has developed screening criteria and a questionnaire. This screening criteria is important to help TRPA customers plan their project and to save time and money in case a proposed project application cannot be processed.

Shorezone Project Application

Shorezone Exempt/Qualified Exempt Information Packet

In addition to the screening criteria, the following descriptions may be helpful to shorezone property owners planning a project:

  1. Permitting of Boating Facilities: TRPA cannot accept or process applications to construct/install new boating facilities (piers, buoys, boat lifts, boat ramps, and boat slips) and applications for deviation from standards for allowable length beyond the pierhead line for legally existing, privately owned multiple use piers. Unless otherwise requested by an applicant, TRPA will hold all applications submitted prior to September 16, 2010 pending development of a new permitting program.
  2. Non-Boating Structures and Activities: TRPA may accept and process applications for shoreline protective structures, jetties and breakwaters, dredging/filling, floating docks and platforms, safety and navigational devices, fences and water intake lines.
  3. Existing Structures in the Backshore: TRPA may accept and process applications for existing structures located in the backshore in accordance with Code Section 52.4.
  4. Legally Existing Boating Facilities: TRPA may accept and process applications for the maintenance, repair, reconstruction, modification, and expansion of legally existing boating facilities.  Note: TRPA cannot accept or process applications for deviation from standards for allowable length beyond the pierhead line for legally existing, privately owned multiple use piers.
  5. Marina Master Plans: TRPA may process applications already submitted to TRPA for marina master plans in accordance with Code Chapter 16 and these guidelines. TRPA will not accept applications for new marina master plans.
  6. Exempt Activities: Certain activities in the shorezone are considered exempt from TRPA review under Code Section 52.3.B. Those activities may continue under the Partial Permitting Program.
  7. Qualified Exempt Activities: Certain activities in the shorezone are considered qualified exempt under Code Section 52.3.C. Those activities may proceed under the Partial Permitting Program, provided the applicant certifies that the activity complies with the provisions of Section 52.3.C. Shorezone Exempt/Qualified Exempt Information Packet
  8. 2008 Permit Acknowledgment: TRPA may acknowledge a permit for a non-boating facility issued under the 2008 rules if the activity also would have been approvable under the pre-2008 shorezone rules.
  9. Mooring Registrations: TRPA will not collect mooring registration fees or register any buoys or other moorings until the development of a new permitting program. TRPA will hold all mooring registration fees; refunds will only be provided if moorings are removed from the Lake.
  10. Memoranda of Understanding: Any application processed pursuant to MOUs between TRPA and other agencies will be processed in accordance with these guidelines

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