In a split decision, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency governing board said the issue needed to be resolved and acknowledged that lawsuits are likely over the plan critics on both sides say is flawed.
Under the adopted plan, up to 138 new piers could be built around the lake, 10 of them publicly owned. No more than five private piers could be built during a single year. An additional 1,862 buoys could be placed on the lake.
Most new pier construction has been prohibited at Tahoe since 1987, when TRPA left the controversial issue out of the agency's regional plan guiding Tahoe land use.