Board to vote on Lake Tahoe regional update

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Updated: 12/12/2012 11:43 am

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KRNV & -- After years of debate and due process the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's governing board plans to make a decision Wednesday that will impact all future development up at Lake Tahoe.

The new regional plan could possibly help lake's tourism economy by allowing more business growth while also promising to make some environmental improvements.

An extensive environmental impact study will be presented at the meeting.

Before the board will make any decisions they will need to approve the EIS by agreeing to its adequacy.

Public will be allowed to comment during meeting.

TRPA Communications Specialist Jeff Cowen tells News 4 they have done extensive outreach to get community involved.

They claim to have had over 5,000 people participate in the plans progress.

Cowen says about 80 percent of those they spoke to are for the regional plan.

The TRPA says another goal of the regional update is to do away with outdated development plans which would help protect lake clarity.

"We have a lot of outdated development at the lake that is polluting and continuing to cause harm to the lake's water clarity, because what happens on the land at Lake Tahoe, really effects the water. This plan update is looking at ways they can encourage and provide incentive to property owners to upgrade older dilapidated buildings," Cowen says.

Wednesday's meeting set for 9:30 a.m. is expected to last all day at Harvey's Lake Tahoe.

News 4 has a reporter at the meeting and will bring us the latest.

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