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November 22, 2011
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TRPA committee endorses new permitting approach

LAKE TAHOE — The Regional Plan Update Committee of the TRPA Governing Board is moving toward a different permitting system at Tahoe, in which many parcel-by-parcel regulations would shift to local county or city governments, officials announced last week.

“TRPA’s goal is to operate more on a regional scale where we can be most effective at protecting the Lake Tahoe environment and to shift some level of permit review responsibilities to local governments,” TRPA Executive Director Joanne S. Marchetta said in a statement. “The policy updates being considered by the Governing Board are based on extensive input from the public and partner agencies.”

Called “conformance review” in similar planning frameworks, according to a TRPA press release, the concept would leave local planning, zoning and development codes to each jurisdiction as long as environmental standards are followed; large-scale projects may still fall under the permitting authority of TRPA.

While details of this proposal are still under review, officials said the Regional Plan Update Committee endorsed the general concept, and the governing board will consider the change as part of the plan update process in 2012.

Last week, the governing board also adopted an updated Code of Ordinances that has improved clarity and added user-friendly diagrams to improve the public’s understanding of Tahoe regulations, according to the agency.

This reformatting has resulted in a code book that is more than one pound lighter than the current code. The updated regulations will take effect March 2012 to allow the public ample time to explore the improved documents, officials said.

This step is the first of two phases of the code update. The second is ongoing and will be completed once the TRPA Governing Board takes action on the Regional Plan Update, which is scheduled for the end of 2012, according to TRPA.

More information on the Regional Plan Update and the updated TRPA Code of Ordinances are available on the Regional Plan Update page at

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Nov 22, 2011 01:58PM Published Nov 22, 2011 01:57PM Copyright 2011 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.