The Landing Resort and Spa may land fine for tree removal
March 23, 2015
The Landing Resort and Spa is facing a $40,000 fine for the unauthorized removal of four trees larger than 14 inches wide to allegedly improve the property's view.
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board will decide whether or not to finalize the settlement agreement at its meeting this week.
TRPA staff first investigated a complaint of the tree removal in July 2014. In their investigation, they discovered that four trees ranging from 14 to 24 inches wide were removed on the lakeside of the property without permission.
The resort's previous general manager directed a tree service from out of the area to remove the trees, according to a TRPA staff report.
"Multiple permits for tree removal have been issued to the Landing over the past few years and TRPA staff therefore believes that the Landing representative did this work with full knowledge of TRPA's permit requirements," the report reads.
Along with the fine, the settlement agreement requires that the resort's owner, James Demetriades, plant four 15- to 20-foot Jeffrey Pine trees "in a similar location from where the trees have been removed," according to the TRPA.