Tahoe Donner’s planned renovations to the Beach Club Marina decks and lawns on Donner Lake, scheduled for review in front of the Truckee Planning Commission on September 18, has been postponed by the association’s board of directors. Although the project had been reviewed in several community forums over the last six months, a last minute appeal by a few members has not fallen on deaf ears. On September 18, the board of directors voted to postpone the project review with the Town Planning Commission in order to allow an additional comment period for the membership on the project and also to correct some fundamental misinformation being distributed on the project.
The board has scheduled an additional membership input meeting for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 28, at Northwoods Clubhouse, to allow members to express their concerns with the project in a public forum while also allowing updated detailed project design to be communicated first hand. Tom Johns, president of the board of directors noted, “Membership feedback is extremely important to the board of directors, particularly in our diverse community of 25,000 members. With the feedback we received over the past week from a few concerned members and out-of-area environmental groups, it is clear that there is some significant misinformation on the project design and scope that was not consistent with the actual plans.”
General manager Robb Etnyre commented, “Tahoe Donner has a great track record of excellent stewardship of more than 7,000 acres of land in the Sierra, north of Truckee. In the past two years we have protected more than 1,000 acres of unique scenic viewscape surrounding Tahoe Donner from development, along with regular reforestation efforts, that has included planting more than 5,000 trees last year alone. It would be extremely inconsistent for us not to apply the same core values and guiding principles to the Marina project as some have indicated.”
The planned improvements to the Beach Club Marina include a new terrace, deck expansion, and new glass around the expanded deck to block the wind for diners. Tahoe Donner will also enlarge the upper picnic area, addressing ADA accessibility needs in the process. Expansion of the upper picnic area will involve enlarging the lawn and thinning existing trees on the upper lawn in keeping with the project design and healthy forest management practices, as well as other landscaping improvements. Grading and drainage improvements will also be implemented to curb current beach erosion problems.
The Beach Club Marina will be closed for a few months during the construction phase for these improvements. Once complete, the Marina will have more capacity to better meet the needs of homeowners—for events, family barbecues, or just enjoying a day at the lake.###