In October 2018, the TRPA Governing Board approved a new Shoreline Plan for Lake Tahoe. The Shoreline Plan lifts a longstanding moratorium on new shorezone structures at Lake Tahoe, setting caps and regulations for new shorezone structures such as piers, moorings, and public boat ramps. This means that new piers and moorings are being approved, based on an application process.
New Pier Applications
The Shoreline Plan will allow for a maximum of 10 new public piers and 128 new private piers. Up to 12 new private piers may be permitted every two years with any remaining balance rolling over to subsequent years. The Shoreline Plan prioritizes multiple-use private piers that serve two or more property owners. Of the 128 additional private piers, no more than 20 percent (25 piers) may be single parcel piers. Table 2 shows the number of private piers released each year under the plan. Public piers may be permitted on a first come, first serve basis.
If fewer than 12 additional piers are permitted in a given two-year period, remaining piers from that two-year period will be available during the subsequent two-year period. Following the initial 16-year period shown in Table 2, TRPA may permit three additional multiple-use piers for every eight littoral parcels that retire future pier development potential through a deed restriction, up to the 128 total private pier cap.
Private pier eligibility is based on a variety of parcel characteristics including location, setbacks, and deed restrictions as set forth in proposed Code Section 84.4.2. New piers are prohibited within 200 feet of stream inlets. In most cases, applications for multiple-use private piers will be prioritized over singleparcel private piers. TRPA will permit the additional 128 private piers according to geographic divisions and the location of Visually Sensitive Areas. Only multiple-parcel piers are allowed in Visually Sensitive Areas, the total number of which is shown in Table 3.
During this 2021 period, four single parcel and eight multiple parcel piers were allocated:
Single Parcel Pier 2021 Allocation Recipients
- 3055 W LAKE BLVD, Tahoe City, CA (PREC2021-0652 085-050-033)
- 4950 N LAKE BLVD, Carnelian Bay, CA (PREC2021-0662 115-050-034)
- 187 YELLOW JACKET RD, Glenbrook, NV (PREC2021-0840 1418-10-801-006)
- 3180 EDGEWATER DR, Dollar Point, CA (PREC2021-0848 093-072-041)
Multiple Parcel Pier 2021 Allocation Recipients
- 99 & 95 & 111 & 105 CHIPMUNK ST, Kings Beach, CA (PREC2021-0773 090-231-014, -015, 038, & -039)
- 3230 & 3240 & 3250 EDGEWATER DR, Dollar Point, CA (PREC2021-0857 093-072-039 & -040, 093-094-001)
- 2200 & 2140 & 2050 N LAKE BLVD, Tahoe City, CA (PREC2021-0684 094-140-032, -033, & -034)
- 5080 & 5070 & 5090 W LAKE BLVD, Homewood, CA (PREC2021-0805 097-122-010, 025, & -027)
- 8477 MEEKS BAY AVE, Rubicon, CA (PREC2021-0867 016-091-020 legal lots of record 23, 24, & 25)
- 300 STATE ROUTE 28, Crystal Bay, NV (PREC2021-0648 123-211-01 & -02)
- 1460 & 1458 PITTMAN TER, Glenbrook, NV (PREC2021-0682 1418-27-210-009 & -010)
- 9902 & 9910 LAKE ST, Kings Beach, CA (PREC2021-0808 090-324-002 & -003)
During the previous pier allocation period (2019-2020), TRPA reviewed the submitted proposals based on the prioritization criteria in the code, which resulted in awarding six multiple-parcel pier applications the opportunity to submit a complete New Pier Application to TRPA. There were 23 projects tied for the seventh multiple-parcel pier allocation, which was decided by a random drawing on July 17, 2019.
TRPA File Number Subject APN(s)
- 887 Lakeshore Boulevard, Incline Village, NV (PREC2019-0545 | 122-181-65)
- 28 Cala Neva Drive, Crystal Bay, NV (PREC2019-0563 | 123-041-18)
- 1048 Skyland Drive, Glenbrook, NV (PREC2019-0567 | 1318-03-110-019)
- 3115 West Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA (PREC2019-0588 | 085-280-043)
- Somers Loop, Crystal Bay, NV (PREC2019-0485 | 123-032-21)
- 8780 & 8782 Brockway Vista Avenue, Kings Beach, CA (PREC2019-0489 | 090-231-047 | 090-231-050)
- 200 & 184 Rim Drive, Carnelian Bay, CA (PREC2019-0520 } 117-010-014 | 117-010-015)
During this pier allocation period, TRPA allocated five single-parcel piers. TRPA performed a random drawing of the submitted proposals based on the code, which resulted in awarding five single-parcel pier applications the opportunity to submit a complete New Pier Application to TRPA. The projects which may continue to submit a full application by Jan. 17, 2019 are listed below.
TRPA File Number Subject APN(s)
- 5568 North Lake Bouelvard, Carnelian Bay, CA (PREC2019-0477 | 116-220-049)
- 6956 Pomin Avenue, Tahoma, CA (PREC2019-0482 | 098-210-002)
- 8551 Meeks Bay Avenue, Meeks Bay, CA (PREC2019-0534 | 016-101-92)
- 9101 State Highway 89, Rubicon Bay, CA (PREC2019-0578 | 016-131-07)
- 1780 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA (PREC2019-0579 | 094-160-013)