Prospect for change brightens TRPA’s outlook |

Prospect for change brightens TRPA’s outlook

Gregory Crofton

The enthusiasm of Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Executive Director John Singlaub to work to change the agency had seeped into members of the Governing Board by the time the boat docked at Zephyr Cove on Thursday.

Drake DeLanoy, appointed to the board by Gov. Kenny Guinn, called the boat trip retreat and the goals outlined “a leading step.”

“I’ve said all along that with the talent we have, and now with the progressive leadership, it will once again verify the fact that we are the leading environmental agency in the United States,” DeLanoy said.

Shelly Aldean, a Governing Board member and member of Carson City Board of Supervisors, said she thinks the agency is moving in a more moderate, holistic direction that hopefully will make the agency more user friendly.

“Efficiency is key,” Aldean said. “Streamline the process so the TRPA can focus on its true mandate.”

Tim Smith, a Governing Board member who also serves as a commissioner for Douglas County, also seemed encouraged by Singlaub’s plans.

“Everything comes down to how fast we get projects out,” Smith said. “We can’t handle the routine stuff. Once we get that fixed to a great extent, I think the level of complaints and griping will take a nose dive. Most people deep down agree with the agency’s mission.”

Singlaub said that, in general, staff at the agency has been supportive of the change he plans to make.

– Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at

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