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TRPA told how to become more efficient

Gregory Crofton

The executive director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and a team of consultants agree: The agency needs a technology upgrade so it can review proposed building projects more quickly.

“People can’t focus on big issues when they are hopping mad about delays in project review and whether or not they will get a new deck approved for their house,” TRPA Executive Director John Singlaub said. “One of the key things will be to develop a parcel-based automated project review system … it’s something I’d like to see in place at the end of the year.

“The hard copy records are not all integrated into one system and that causes enormous delays.”

The results of a six-month analysis of how the TRPA operations could operate better will be discussed Wednesday when the agency’s Governing Board meets at Stateline.

A consulting firm called Strategica conducted 26 interviews and observed TRPA staff at work as part of its operational audit. The TRPA hired Strategica at the behest of the Nevada Legislative Oversight Committee, which meets occasionally to listen to public concerns and look at policy related to the agency. The audit cost $75,000.

“Some of the recommendations we’re already moving on,” said Jerry Wells, TRPA deputy executive director. “A lot of them are in line with what our Executive Director John Singlaub has in mind for the organization.”

Strategica’s recommendations also call for the Governing Board to stop talking to project applicants and TRPA staff except during public board meetings.

“The rules of procedure are missing several key elements that could further enhance the ability of the Governing Board to run efficient meetings, guard against conflicts of interest and formalize the relationship between the board and TRPA staff,” the Strategica report states.

Singlaub has said that he also wants to put in place a program that certifies contractors to do work without having to continually obtain permits from the TRPA.

– Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at

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