TRPA lowers IPES line in Nevada |

TRPA lowers IPES line in Nevada

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency on Wednesday lowered its line for the Individual Parcel Evaluation System for Douglas and Washoe counties.

Implemented in the 1980s, the IPES line is a way for TRPA to limit the amount of development on vacant residential lots in the Tahoe Basin. TRPA allows 300 residential building permits a year, and the IPES line identifies which parcels are too sensitive to be built upon.

Douglas County’s line was dropped to 639 and Washoe County’s to 325. The changes should go into effect in April.

The Carson City portion of Lake Tahoe contains no vacant residential parcels, and El Dorado and Placer counties remain at 726, where they were when IPES was first implemented. There has been concern regarding how El Dorado and Placer counties have not moved, and TRPA is looking at re-evaluating its calculations. The governing board likely will look at the issue again in February.

Each vacant residential parcel in the basin has an IPES score ranging from 0 to 1,140, and the original “line.” Residential parcels with a score above their counties’ line can be built upon; those with scores below are considered too sensitive. Property owners within 10 percent of their line are able to buy the right to develop, and the money is used for water quality mitigation projects.

Lowering the line does not mean more residential development will occur, but it does mean more property owners will be eligible to built.

Also at the TRPA meeting:

n Rick Angelocci, TRPA’s chief of project review, gave a presentation on the agency’s Permit Integration Program. The program is supposed to coordinate the regulations of all the basin’s government agencies and eliminate the numerous permits residents must go through to build in the basin.

In the future, residents should be able to receive all necessary permits in one location, Angelocci said. Obtaining them from the Internet also is a possibility.

“I am very impressed,” said Joanne Neft, the governor of California appointee on TRPA’s board.

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