Court Overturns Tahoe Development Approval

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STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - A federal appeals court has sided with a conservation group in its appeal over regulators' approval of a major residential development at Lake Tahoe.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Thursday ruled in favor of the League to Save Lake Tahoe in its legal fight against the 50-unit Sierra Colona Village project on Tahoe's south shore.

The league sued the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency last year, saying additional "land coverage" at the 18-acre Stateline site allowed by the bi-state agency could harm Tahoe's fragile environment.

The appeals court sent the case back to U.S. District Judge Robert Jones, who dismissed it last year after determining TRPA acted appropriately in approving the project.

TRPA is expected to reconsider the land coverage issue early next year.