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TRPA moves meetings to Nevada

Julie Brown / Sierra Sun
Dan Thrift / Tribune file photoThe Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's governing board now will be meeting in Nevada more often than in California because of an increase in rent at the Kings Beach venue.
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The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency will not maintain its usual presence in California next year.

Nearly all the monthly Governing Board and Advisory Planning Commission meetings next year are scheduled either at the Chateau in Incline Village or at the agency’s Stateline office in South Lake Tahoe.

Both venues are in Nevada.

“Both of these facilities, including Incline and our corporate office, our agency headquarters, it’s not like we’re in Carson City, Reno or Vegas,” said Dennis Oliver, agency spokesman. “We’re right across the state line.”

The bistate agency’s governing board met every other month at the North Tahoe Conference Center in Kings Beach since “forever,” Oliver said.

But a recent rate increase at the conference center prompted TRPA to shop around for a better deal, Oliver said. Incline’s Chateau gave them the best deal.

“As a public agency, we’re spending the public’s money,” he said. “And every year, when they’re raising their rates, we definitely shop around.”

The Incline Village General Improvement District owns the Chateau.

“The district has always had a great relationship with the TRPA,” said IVGID General Manager Bill Horn.

TRPA’s departure is a significant revenue loss for the conference center, said Director Nora Daniels.

“They were a regular customer for years,” she said.

Faced with a burdensome deficit, the management at the North Tahoe Conference Center modified its business plan two years ago, raising the room rental rates so that the venue could operate as a self-sufficient entity.

North Tahoe Public Utility District officials reported in September that the center has trimmed its operating deficit this fiscal year by $104,000 from last year’s operating loss, indicating that the new rates have had a positive effect on business at the conference center.

Daniels said last week that there has been “very little negative reaction” to the rate increases. The agency’s switch was a sudden move, she said.

“(TRPA’s move) is significant,” Daniels said. “But we’re working on other ways to increase business. … Whenever you lose a regular customer like that, you need to find ways to replace that business.”

The conference center staff projected that revenue received from local government agency and business bookings would bring in $150,000 for the 2007-08 fiscal year. The figure is based on past bookings, which included TRPA’s monthly meetings.

Local government agencies, including TRPA, receive a 50 percent discount during the slow season and a 35 percent discount during the peak season, which is from May to October.

Two meetings, one scheduled for the Governing Board in July and the other for the Advisory Planning Commission in August, still will be held at the North Tahoe Conference Center.

TRPA also intends to still hold public workshops, hearings and community meetings at various locations across the North Shore, Oliver said.

The bistate planning agency’s Tahoe City office, which opened this year, will help sustain its presence on the North Shore and in California.


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