Transportation plan feedback requested by TRPA |

Transportation plan feedback requested by TRPA

Andy Bourelle

A series of public workshops starts this week for Lake Tahoe Basin residents to comment on a comprehensive 20-year transportation plan being developed for the region.

“Every Metropolitan Planning Organization has to have a regional plan, and (The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency) needs a regional plan. The importance of doing this is administrative, in that we have to, and also so we can direct the future of transportation in Tahoe the way we want to see it, so we’re not directed by some outside agency,” said Jim Allison, TRPA planner.

TRPA started to develop a regional transportation plan a few years ago. However, efforts to designate the region as a Metropolitan Planning Organization started, and transportation officials postponed the planning work until recently. TRPA’s governing board – with one additional member – now sits as the MPO board, and transportation staff officials have started again on the plan.

When completed, the plan will function as an Environmental Impact Statement, an environmental document analyzing the impacts of what is proposed.

It is supposed to address pedestrian, bicycle, waterborne transit and aviation issues. The first public scoping meeting is Wednesday at TRPA’s regular monthly meeting, and four more will follow within the next few weeks. A draft of the plan should be ready by the end of next year, and its release will be followed by another public-comment period.

“We have various funding sources available for implementing projects, policies and procedures. The public can be involved in directing what kind of projects and policies they would like to see ahead of others,” Allison said.

Public hearings on transportation plan

– Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., Tahoe Seasons Resort, Saddle Road at Keller

– Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Incline Village Chateau, 955 Fairway Blvd., Incline Village

– Friday, 6:30 p.m., El Dorado County Public Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd.

– Sept. 8, 9:30 a.m., Incline Village Chateau, 955 Fairway Blvd., Incline Village

– Sept. 10, 9 a.m., Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board office, 2501 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

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