Regional Plans

Integration with many ongoing Regional planning efforts is part of what makes the LTSCP unique. Through extensive coordination, the TRPA/TMPO has ensured all levels of planning relate to other applicable plans and programs. Staff members from TRPA/TMPO and local jurisdictions support this effort by acting as Project Leads and helping to coordinate consultant work on associated projects.

TRPA/TMPO regional plans, the document series, as well as related plans and programs, are the major components of the Lake Tahoe Sustainability Framework. How all these plans and programs work together will be summarized in Document #12, the Lake Tahoe Sustainable Communities Program Summary, the last document in the series.

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Regional Plan

The Regional Plan and Code outline goals, policies, regulations and environmental standards that serve as the framework for development within the Region. After extensive collaboration and community input, the updated Regional Plan and Code (a.k.a., Regional Plan Update or RPU) were adopted on December 12, 2 012. Designed to help facilitate continued stewardship of the environment and improve the economic viability of the Tahoe Basin, the RPU encourages greater private-public partnerships, delegation of responsibility, and pairs ecosystem restoration with redevelopment activities in order to achieve environmental goals and improve economic sustainability. Together, these components help to reduce the environmental impacts of older obsolete development and provide for orderly and successful redevelopment of area communities. The RPU primarily focuses on promotion of more compact development paired with increased alternative transportation options to improve livability of communities; development of Area Plans to address specific needs of each of their communities; and streamlining project permitting via delegation of responsibilities to local governments upon completion of these Area Plans.


 

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Regional Transportation Plan

mobility 2035The Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (TMPO) Regional Transportation Plan (RTP): Mobility 2035 is Lake Tahoe’s blueprint for a regional transportation system that enhances the quality of life in the Tahoe Region, promotes sustainability, and offers improved mobility options for people and goods. Important directions of the plan are to reduce the overall environmental impact of transportation in the Region, create walkable, vibrant communities, and provide real alternatives to driving. The plan also supports the update of the Transportation Element of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Regional Plan. Finally, the plan meets the challenge of California’s Senate Bill 375 by presenting an integrated land use and transportation strategy that will allow the Region to achieve targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2035. Documents contained in the RTP include a Long Range Transportation Plan, California Regional Transportation Plan, Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy. This document will guide transportation improvements in this unique environment and carry forward the vision, built over four decades of public engagement, of creating an innovative multimodal transportation system that appeals to users and serves mobility needs, while improving the environmental and socioeconomic health of the Basin. For more information on the Regional Transportation Plan, click here.

Sustainable Community Strategy

A requirement of metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) throughout California, initiated by California Senate Bill 375 (SB 375), the Sustainable Community Strategy was created to help reduce GHG emissions through the use of regional land use and transportation policies. In particular, SB 375 calls for each MPO to develop a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) with its Regional Transportation Plan, identifying the transportation, land use, and housing strategies that will reduce regional GHG emissions. The TMPO’s SCS will help reduce reliance on the automobile and anticipates reducing GHG emissions per person by 12% in 2020 and 7% in 2035 by clustering population and employment in relatively compact town centers that are well served by transit and other infrastructure. Regional housing needs are addressed via the location of new and relocated housing in town centers. The SCS also addresses environmental goals through monitoring of performance measures, and protection of natural resources through conservation and restoration of natural habitat. For more information on the Sustainable Community Strategy, click here.

 

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SAP Housing Implementation Measure

One of the RPU EIS mitigation measures calls for TRPA to evaluate policies and programs that act as barriers to the provision of housing in the Region. The Tahoe Regional Housing Needs Program Report includes regional demographic and economic trends; regional housing stock and market conditions; and implementation strategies to facilitate the development of more low- and moderate- income housing.  TRPA is now working to implement the strategies recommended in the Report as part of an overall effort to implement the Regional Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy.

SAP GHG Reduction Implementation Measure for Buildings:

Another RPU EIS mitigation measure addresses GHG emission reductions from construction activity and building operations. In response to this measure, TRPA added a new policy that requires Area Plans to include a strategy to reduce GHG emissions from the operation or construction of buildings (such as through the establishment of an energy efficiency retrofit program, see Section 13.5.3.E).  In addition, TRPA amended the code to remove barriers for green building techniques such as by exempting solar panels and alternative energy equipment from certain requirements (see Section 36.6.1.C.), encouraging vegetated roof materials (see Section 36.6.1.B. B.), and allowing additional height for wind turbines/renewable power facilities as long as they comply with scenic provisions and other requirements noted in Section 37.6.2.

Lastly, TRPA has compiled all the available green building incentives in the Tahoe Region and presents this toolkit of resources at: http://www.trpa.org/get-involved/sustainability/tahoe-green-building-toolkit/.