Public Comment #3 (Doler)
Public Comment - Tahoe Donner Marina Appeal September 2013
Public Comment #3 (Doler)
9/3/2013 3:52:08 PM
9/3/2013 3:52:06 PM
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1 <br />Laura Dabe <br />Subject:FW: Denied Marina Expansion Plan <br />From: Kathleen Doler [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] <br />Sent: Sunday, September 01, 2013 1:31 PM <br />To: Jenna Endres <br />Subject: Denied Marina Expansion Plan <br /> <br />To Truckee Town Council: <br />I am writing to you about Tahoe Donner Association’s appeal of its Marina Expansion plan, a matter that’s <br />scheduled to come before the Town Council on September 24, 2013. TD Staff is appealing the August 21, 2013 <br />decision by the Truckee Planning Commission to deny its plans for a Marina expansion. <br /> <br />As a homeowner in Tahoe Donner, and a former member of Truckee’s Workforce Housing Committee, I am <br />frankly embarrassed that the management of our association is trying to sidestep the authority of the Truckee <br />Planning Commission. Shame on them for thinking that they can somehow operate outside the town’s formal <br />planning process. I have been following this development plan since it was first unveiled to TD residents. I <br />know that this Marina expansion plan was carefully considered by the Planning Commission over many, many <br />months (starting in the fall of 2012). The commission offered several reasonable adjustments to the plan that <br />would make it comply with town development guidelines, environmental concerns, noise and light pollution <br />issues and usage/operation permits for the Marina. Instead of heeding this feedback, TD Management instead <br />tried to ram through a little‐changed proposal that did nearly nothing to alleviate the rightful concerns of the <br />commission. Thus it was denied, as it should have been. <br /> <br />Additionally, from my perspective this was never an expansion that would benefit TD members. It was a <br />misguided plan to try to attract more commercial events, weddings, parties, etc., to the Marina, which goes <br />against the Marina’s operating permit (as identified by the Planning Commission). Thus many TD members, <br />including myself, were opposed to the project and are pleased that it was denied. In fact, the plan had several <br />aspects that would have actually made the Marina less functional for boating and beach recreation, it’s <br />primary usage. For example, the plan called for the removal of the majority of the lawn area, which would <br />make access to the beach more congested and less safe for everyone and would make it very difficult for <br />kayakers, rowers and paddlers to stage their equipment for launching and recovery. And as I’ve stated in <br />previous letters to the Planning Commission, the Marina amenity currently operates at full capacity all <br />summer long – the parking inside the gate and along the roadway is full every day during its short operating <br />season. It also runs at a profit. Thus, since parking is limited and the amenity is already drawing as many <br />people as it can handle why would TD spend money to build out a hardscape area and expand the deck? <br />There’s only one logical conclusion – because TD Management wants to attract events, especially evening <br />events (hence the lighting aspects of the failed expansion plan). But commercial events go against the usage <br />permit of the amenity, and Marina neighbors are adamantly opposed to evening events. And commercial <br />events also are contrary to the wishes of many TD members, who were going to be forced to pay for an <br />expansion plan that doesn’t benefit their usage of the Marina, in fact it would actually detract from the <br />member usage experience. <br /> <br />I urge Truckee Town Council to support its Planning Commission by turning away TD Management in its appeal <br />of this plan denial. TD Management needs to be told in clear terms that it isn’t allowed to bypass the town’s <br />planning process. <br /> <br />Sincerely,
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