Lake Tahoe Regional Plan Update Approved, Hailed by State and Regional Leaders
This is a verbatim copy of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Press Release on the subject of the December 12 Governing Board vote to approve the Regional Plan update package.
DECEMBER 13, 2012
This Thursday the Tahoe Regional Planning Agecy Governing Board and the Advisory Planning Commission voted to approve the Tahoe Regional Plan update suite of documents. Following is the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency press release on the subject.
LAKE TAHOE REGIONAL PLAN UPDATE APPROVED, HAILED BY STATE AND REGIONAL LEADERS
For Release Immediately
December 12, 2012
Stateline, NV— A clear path forward for the continued restoration of Lake Tahoe was enacted today as the Governing Board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) approved and adopted the Lake Tahoe Regional Plan Update and Regional Transportation Plan Update, calledMobility 2035, in 12-1 votes with one Board member abstaining.
A regional plan that achieves environmental standards while allowing orderly growth and development in the Region is required by the Bi-State Compact, signed by California and Nevada, which created TRPA more than 40 years ago. Updates to the Lake Tahoe Regional Plan, often a source of controversy as well as inspiration for resource protection, was hailed by state leaders as historic and indicative of the shared commitment the two states have to Lake Tahoe’s restoration.
The closing vote was met with applause from the gallery of attendees in the convention center of Harvey’s Resort in Stateline, NV, many of whom have helped shape and shepherd the Plan Update through an exhaustive public process, according to TRPA.
“Today’s approval starts the next environmental leap forward for Lake Tahoe,” TRPA Executive Director Joanne S. Marchetta said. “An unprecedented public participation process has created a plan that raises the level of stewardship of this national treasure and TRPA is grateful to the thousands of people who helped shape it.”
Updates to the Lake Tahoe Regional Plan, originally adopted in 1987, aim to accelerate attainment of extraordinary environmental goals in part by improving the regulatory framework in the Region, according to the Agency. Priority updates include:
- Accelerating water quality restoration and other ecological benefits by supporting environmental redevelopment opportunities and Environmental Improvement Program investments.
- Integrating regional and local regulations into coordinated area plans.
- Simplifying and streamlining the permit review process to encourage updates to older buildings.
“Ultimately, what happens on the land affects the waters of Lake Tahoe,” Marchetta said. “Most visitors are stunned by the beauty of Lake Tahoe, but disappointed by our aging town centers and lack of connectivity in transportation and trails. To further restoration efforts, we need to open opportunities for property owners to invest in measures that reduce pollution and help restore the Lake’s world-famous clarity.”
The Regional Plan Update received supported today by state leaders who were instrumental in bringing stakeholder groups together earlier this year in a bi-state consultation group.
“This is an historic plan,” Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Director Leo Drozdoff told the Board. “For the first time in over two decades there is common ground and we have forged relations between the two states, the environmental community, business groups and local governments. We know this is just a starting point, but Nevada stands ready to continue the work we have done to create a strong and vibrant bi-state framework. You can rely on us to be here in the long term as a resource as we continue to find common ground.”
Deputy Secretary of External Affairs for the California Natural Resources Agency Todd Ferrara echoed support for the updates.
“California shares its strong support for the regional plan and the bi-state process,” Ferrara said. “It hasn’t been easy. There has been compromise as well as consensus, but many things that are hard or challenging bear fruit. We are pleased to be here today as part of this important milestone for Lake Tahoe.”
Support was also voiced by the U.S. Forest Service, which manages nearly 80 percent of the land in the Tahoe Basin.