Congressman McClintock downplays importance of TRPA |

Congressman McClintock downplays importance of TRPA

TRUCKEE ” During Rep. Tom McClintock’s tour of Truckee Friday, the new-to-the-district congressman took issue with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

Representing the 4th Congressional District of California, McClintock said he doesn’t believe in state or regional control of a local asset. Instead, he suggested local control of environmental policy would better serve the economy, and the eco-system.

“I don’t think the [Tahoe Regional Planning Agency] is a particularly good management tool. I think locals are far better … local communities are in a far better position to judge their own needs and desires,” McClintock said.

Dennis Oliver, spokesman for the agency, said if it weren’t for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, things could be a lot worse at the lake.

“If the [Tahoe Regional Planning Agency] didn’t exist we might very well have a city the size of San Francisco at Tahoe ” planned in the 60s before the two states joined ” a four lane highway around the lake, and a bridge over Emerald Bay,” Oliver said. “The environmental gains and economic benefits have been done through partnership and collaboration.”

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