Courtesy of the Tahoe Lakefront Owner’s Association newsletter, Executive Director Jan Brisco, your lakefront property rights advocate and Land Use Planner:
Are you a lakefront owner with buoys, boat lifts, boathouse or a boat slip?
the deadline is only a month away. This is important. If you don’t register all of your moorings before September 30, 2019, you may not be able to retain your existing buoys or moorings. You’ll have to apply as “new” moorings out of a very limited annual allocation pool and risk losing any legally existing moorings beyond the 2 allowed under the new plan.TRPA arranged this as the only timeframe for lakefront owners to secure your property entitlement rights, and even if you think you went through this process back in 2009 and 2010, you still need to register in 2019. In fact, last time, slips were not required to be registered, and now they are.
TRPA will not be sending notices to register moorings. It is your responsibility to register all moorings by the deadline. This is a different process and fee structure from your Nevada State Lands Permit or California State Lands Lease.
In 2019, only 1-year registration for existing moorings will be allowed. Future registration may include multi-year registration.This requirement allows a grace period in 2019 for owners to complete and certify their upland water quality BMPs.
If you haven’t already done so, please visit www.tahoebmp.org to determine the BMP status of your property.
You must have a BMP Certificate in order to renew your mooring registrations in 2020, and to apply for new moorings in 2020.
2020 New Mooring Allocations
Permit applications for new moorings will be accepted online only between January and June each year.TRPA will only release a small number of moorings each year, approximately 300 slated for 2020 pending the status of existing moorings quantified in 2019.You must have a BMP Certificate of Completion prior to applying for a new mooring permit or to renew your mooring registrations in 2020.Watch your inbox and mail for important information coming soon.
2019 New Pier Proposals Selected by TRPA
Illustrating the demand, more than 45 multiple-use and 76 single-use applications for new private pier allocations were submitted to TRPA by June 30, 2019. On July 17th,TRPA selected 7 multiple parcel pier recipients and 5 single-use pier recipients. Of the 7 multiple parcel allocations, 6 were selected through a ranked criteria process, and the 7th was drawn at random due to a tie between dozens of applicants.The single-use parcel allocations were selected through a random TRPA lottery system. At TLOA’s urging, the TRPA staff agreed to extend the timeframe for submitting a completed new pier application from 60 days to 6 months — January 2020. If completed applications are not submitted by January 17, 2020 or are deemed incomplete, the pier allocation may be released again to those who had applied. Unused allocations will return to the allocation inventory for selection in the next cycle. Up to 12 private pier allocations will be released every two years. Priority will be given to multiple parcels.
DON’T WAIT! Stricter Regulations on the Horizon
TRPA has waived BMP Certificates of Completion for 2019 during their buoy recognition inventory period. If you register your moorings this year or wish to add buoys or a boat lift in 2020, you’ll need to provide evidence that your property complies with water quality BMPs. You’ll need either a BMP Certificate of Completion or a Source Control Certificate in order to register in subsequent years, or to apply for a mooring allocation.That means common property for Associations need to be compliant, even if there is no coverage on the parcel. Some owners will need to have a site assessment and may require driveways to be paved.This can take months to complete and everything must be wrapped up by October 15th. Don’t wait. Check your property’s BMP status at www.tahoebmp.org to see if you are in good standing.