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Agencies are asked to kick down money for Pathway 2007 facilitator

Andrew Pridgen

More than a year into the planning process for Pathway 2007, a multi-agency project to chart a vision for the future of the Lake Tahoe Basin, an agency involved in the effort is calling on local governments and districts to participate.

And participation is not free.

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency officials this week said it will cost each local government or agency an estimated $50,000 to participate – the majority of the money to be spent on consulting fees and facilitators.

TRPA officials said that estimate could go up or down depending on the size of the community or agency involved.

Agencies asked to participate include the Incline Village General Improvement District, Washoe County, Placer County, the City of South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County, Douglas County and California and Nevada state parks.

“If TRPA can justify the need for Incline Village to get involved more heavily in the Pathway 2007 process and we can be helpful, we’ll have to make a decision about that,” IVGID Board of Trustees Chairman Gene Brockman said. “We don’t really understand what they’re after, we can’t even make an opinion right now.”

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What they’re after, said TRPA Communications Director Julie Regan, is “mobilizing community stakeholders and looking to fold in the community planning at a local level.”

When asked why Pathway 2007 organizers waited more than a year after its inception to include local agencies in the process, Regan said that time was spent on getting the collaborative process “in motion.”

“At the very beginning there are many steps to the planning process that must be taken before we can bring everyone in,” Regan said. “First we came up with an organizational design, there are different background sheets on how a fully collaborative process works. Then we had to mobilize the community stakeholders. There is an order to it and we’re using this order and consults to help us find the overall structure for the collaborative.”

Regan noted that TRPA has budgeted more than $600,000 toward Pathway 2007 and will also seek additional grant money.

“At the end of the day we want everyone to have a say,” Regan said. “We want to make sure the communities are driving this plan so we don’t end up with rules that communities can’t live by. We know Incline is different than Kings Beach is different than Tahoe City. We want the plan to reflect this.

“We’re trying to work smarter as part of a culture-shift at TRPA, to be involved in the beginning of the process with local communities, cities and counties.”