TRPA looking for Best in the basin |

TRPA looking for Best in the basin

B.H. Bose

If you think your project has what it takes to be the “Best of the Best,” the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency wants you. Well, your nomination, to be more specific.

Officials with the planning agency are seeking nominations for projects that demonstrate exceptional planning, design and compatibility with the environment.

For more than 10 years, the TRPA has conducted its “Best of the Best” contest, recognizing outstanding projects in a variety of categories. Awards will be given to structures and projects in the categories of residential (new and remodeled), commercial (new and remodeled), public service (i.e. jails and hospitals), erosion control and restoration (big public works projects). Judges, who are area professionals in the fields of architecture, landscaping, planning, engineering and resource management, will conduct field visits before picking the winners.

“The judges have a list of criteria, such as quality of overall design, site planning in terms of maintaining natural surroundings, and implementation of best management practices, which includes control of soil erosion and storm runoff,” said Pam Drum, TRPA spokeswoman. “We’ve actually had some good projects come in second place because of an inadequate BMP.”

Judges will inspect nominated sites the week after Labor Day and the winning projects will be presented to the TRPA governing board, most likely at the monthly meeting in October. Owners of winning projects will also get a certificate of achievement, while certificate duplicates and project pictures will hang in the front office of the TRPA building. Runners-up will get a letter of support for participating in the project.

“It is a distinction that people can wear with pride,” Drum said. “A lot of people in the design and construction field feel this sort of recognition is important and property owners should feel good to know that they went far beyond the call of duty.”

There have been years in which no winner was selected in a specific category because the judges deemed none of the nominations worthy of an award. However, if people believe they have a good project that deserves recognition or knows of someone who does, they should not be shy in nominating the project, Drum said.

Nominations must be received by Aug. 31, and forms can be obtained by contacting Sue Mikanovich at (702) 588-4547, ext. 230 or by visiting the TRPA website at

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