Tuesday 24 October 2017
 

Contemporary Role of TRPA

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The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency celebrated its 4oth anniversary last year. This year it is the subject of legislation in Nevada that calls for the State of Nevada's withdrawal from the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact should several issues not be worked out with the State of California. In this series we will talk to people about the TRPA, its role, its responsibilities and the function it serves on this border between two Western states.

 

Tahoe Regional Plan Update Approved

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TAHOE REGIONAL PLAN UPDATE APPROVED

 

Governors Jerry Brown and Brian Sandoval have a shared present under the holiday tree this season. The Tahoe Regional Plan package of updates was approved with the vote of twelve Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board members. This is an important step toward the potential repeal of Nevada Senate Bill 271 though there is a 60-day window during which litigation against the update could be filed, reversing that process. The Regional Plan update suite of documents and agreements has been nearly a decade in the making and rejuvenated dialogue between California and Nevada about management of their shared “jewel of the Sierra” —Lake Tahoe.

 

 

Joanne Marchetta on Tahoe Regional Plan (4)

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2012 Interview with Joanne Marchetta, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (4)

 

The Tahoe Region is updating its vision of its communities and the way they will look and function in the twenty-first century. Discussions are now underway in local communities around the Tahoe Basin about what they will look like and what their interface with the environment will be. Residents, homeowners and visitors to the Tahoe area are invited to participate in these planning opportunities says Joanne Marchetta in this fourth-in-the-series interview with the Executive of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

 

photo: Lake Tahoe, by Michelle Sweeney

 

 

   

Joanne Marchetta on Tahoe Regional Plan (3)

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2012 Interview with Joanne Marchetta, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (3)

 

“Let the system focus on the places where you get the biggest environmental bang for the buck,” this is the advice that the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) took from the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). The flexibility that we have built into the system is based on this new paradigm that says: focus on the locations where you can get the greatest pollutant load reduction, says Joanne Marchetta, TRPA Executive. The pollutants at issue are ultra-fine sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus. Creating the regulatory flexibility to enable jurisdictions to go after these pollutants is a high priority undertaking in the Tahoe planning process. 

 

photo: Lake Tahoe, by Michelle Sweeney

 

 

Joanne Marchetta on Tahoe Regional Plan (2)

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2012 Interview with Joanne Marchetta, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (2)

 

In this interview segment Joanne Marchetta, TRPA Executive Director, responds to the question, "What is the role of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) in relation to incentive and means in the private sector?" In response Marchetta highlights how the TRPA is shifting into a more-regional role than it previously played. She says, “…[local government] knows that the way to protect themselves is to protect the environment here.” She underscores how the new regional plan envisions place-making happening in the hands of local citizens and local government, where TRPA plays a role in approving the plans and ensuring their consistency with the environmental sideboards set by TRPA while leaving local character to be determined by citizens.

 

photo: Lake Tahoe, by Michelle Sweeney

 

   

Joanne Marchetta on Tahoe Regional Plan (1)

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2012 Interview with Joanne Marchetta, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (1)

 

Joanne Marchetta is the Executive Director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. The agency is bringing forward the Tahoe Regional Plan Update to its Board of Governors for a vote in December 2012. This Plan update has been the focus of much debate for nearly a decade. Will the Board vote its approval? Will it proceed without litigation as the governors of Nevada and California have sought? In this interview Marchetta shares her perspective on what is at stake.

 

photo: Lake Tahoe, by Michelle Sweeney

 

 

 

Podcast: Regional Plan - Interview with Joanne Marchetta October 2011

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"Tahoe can be a model of sustainability. I have seen an increasing degree of alignment about the aspirations of the Basin. Virtually everyone understands that it is the pristine, alpine environment that makes the place so special - that environment can be protected while we improve our town centers." - Joanne Marchetta

   

History of State Dynamics in Tahoe Regional Compact

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Why was the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency created? How many times has the state of Nevada or the state of California entertained withdrawal from the bi-state Compact? A Conversation with Jeff Cowen, Community Liaison of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency answers some of these questions.

 

Nevada Senate Bill 271 Interview with the League to Save Lake Tahoe

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The League to Save Lake Tahoe and others testified in opposition to Nevada Senate Bill 271 which proposes to change the voting structure at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Board. What are the League’s reasons for being opposed to this legislation?

   

Nevada Senate Bill 271 Interview with Senator John Lee

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During the legislative session I heard it said repeatedly on the floor of the legislature that Nevada does not want to withdraw from the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact. So can you clarify for us why it is being proposed?

 

Nevada Senate Bill 271

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SB 271 seeks a stronger Nevada voice in the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact.

 

Nevada Senate Bill (SB) 271 provides for withdrawal of the State of Nevada from the bi-state Tahoe Regional Planning Compact should three central issues not be addressed in a specified timeframe.