TRPA OKs city MOU rights |

TRPA OKs city MOU rights

by Andy Bourelle

TAHOE CITY – It didn’t take nearly as long to pass as most issues, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t significant.

It took three minutes Wednesday for the Governing Board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency to discuss and pass a resolution to adopt a Memorandum of Understanding with the city of South Lake Tahoe. While TRPA has many MOUs with agencies in the Lake Tahoe Basin, what made this “somewhat of a historic moment” – as TRPA’s Rick Angelocci described it – was that it was the first time the bistate regulatory agency has allowed another jurisdiction the right to issue small commercial building permits.

The action is part of an ongoing Permit Integration Program to coordinate the regulations of all the basin’s government agencies. The program is expected to make the permitting process easier and more understandable for residents.

Hal Cole, the city of South Lake Tahoe’s representative on the TRPA governing board, said he felt the streamlining efforts between TRPA and other jurisdictions was beneficial and should continue. In addition to freeing up staff throughout the basin, it also will free up the governing board’s time, he said.

“I’m hoping this board will start focusing more on larger issues,” he said.

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