TRPA To Consider Easing Tree Regs

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency governors next week will consider allowing property owners in the Lake Tahoe Basin to remove larger trees from their land without a permit in an effort to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.

The proposed code change, already endorsed by two advisory panels, would increase the size of trees property owners can remove to create defensible space around homes and structures from 6 inches to 14 inches.

The change would not apply to lakefront property on land between structures and the lake shore, where the 6-inch rule and other restrictions on lakefront sites would remain in effect to protect scenery.

The proposal is one of several recommendations to emerge in the wake of this summer's Angora fire that destroyed 254 homes.

Many Tahoe homeowners blamed strict TRPA regulations for exacerbating fire conditions in the scenic basin that straddles the
Nevada-California line.