Appeals court upholds Lake Tahoe development plan

A federal appeals court says a development plan for the Lake Tahoe region adequately addressed concerns about the lake's water quality.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld the plan, saying its drafters reasonably concluded that it would not have a significant effect on the lake's water given expected improvements in pollution management in pollution management around the lake.

The ruling comes in a lawsuit by environmental groups that sought to block implementation of the plan adopted in 2012 by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. The plan generally restricts future development to areas that are already developed.

The Sierra Club and Friends of the West Shore said it would pose a threat to the lake's ecosystem. Lawyers for the groups did not immediately have comment.

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