TRPA residential allocations under review |

TRPA residential allocations under review

Tom Lotshaw

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency allocated 129 new residential units to local jurisdictions at its Feb. 26 Governing Board meeting. But a plan on how to award such development rights in the future was sent back to the drawing board.

Residential development units are distributed each year to local jurisdictions in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Additional units can be granted depending on how well cities and counties meet TRPA performance measures. Those measures include permit compliance, implementation of best management practice projects, environmental improvement projects and improved transportation services.

For 2014, Douglas County was allocated nine units, Washoe County 22 units, El Dorado County 47 units, South Lake Tahoe 20 units and Placer County 31 units.

TRPA has been operating under an interim program governing the distribution of residential allocations.

Over seven months, a working group tried to agree on an updated performance review system but failed to reach consensus. The Governing Board on Feb. 26 sent the issue back to its Advisory Planning Commission for more review.

Disagreements focus on the percentage by which the base numbers of allocations are split among the various jurisdictions each year as well as environmental measures by which allocations are awarded.

Some members of the Governing Board, including Douglas County Commissioner Nancy McDermid, argue there should be no linkage to environmental improvements. Other members of the Governing Board said they see it as a critical part of the program.

One proposal would link residential allocations to how well cities and counties perform on permit compliance and how well they meet targeted stormwater pollutant load reductions that are part of the Total Maximum Daily Load program.

Allowable residential allocations were reduced from 300 each year to 130 as part of the latest Regional Plan Update, adopted in December 2012.

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