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Weber seated on TRPA board

Tahoe’s planning agency will see a new face on its board this month, and it’s a face many at the South Shore know well.

South Lake Tahoe City Councilman and former restaurateur Mike Weber was sworn in on the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Governing Board this week, taking over the city’s seat from Councilman John Upton.

One seat on the 15-member board is reserved for a South Lake Tahoe city council member.



Weber said he was excited and ambitious about the opportunity to make big changes at the agency.

“I’d like to see us build on the successes of the agency to become the innovators in science and solutions,” he said.




Weber’s hot topics include: increasing community engagement with the board; addressing airport and transportation issues; incorporating South Lake Tahoe’s community plan with the TRPA’s regional plan; examining stormwater treatment systems as an option to address Lake Tahoe’s clarity; and looking for demonstration building projects to see what will work best for the community.

“We should all be focused on results,” Weber said.

The TRPA governs development at Lake Tahoe. It is revising its 20-year regional plan through Pathway 2007, a collaborative planning process that includes 43 representatives from throughout Lake Tahoe’s communities.

Upton said it’s a crucial time right now for the city as a new regional plan comes together.

“The regional plan affects the city’s economy, housing, land use, everything about the way we live up here,” Upton said. He will be Weber’s alternate this year and will be on a council subcommittee on Pathway 2007.

“I’m just going to take a different role,” Upton said. “There’s been a tendency in the past for the city’s representative to be independent. So it’s an increasing of the city’s focus. We are coordinating both at the board level and the Pathway 2007 level.”

Weber attended several agency board meetings last year and served as an alternate for Upton in 2005. He hopes to work closely with Upton to “build on the progress John made.”

Weber will be one of only a few board members who live in the Tahoe Basin. Several own property here or have other ties to the community.

“I hope to work with my fellow board members to have an active, informed and educated board that works closely with staff and community to create a sustainable future for the Tahoe Basin,” he said.

To contact Weber:

Mike Weber can be reached at mikehweber@sbcglobal.net


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