Tahoe Regional Planning Agency to hold meetings on North Shore
NORTH LAKE TAHOE “-The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency will continue to hold meetings on the North Shore in 2009 after two North Shore government agencies stepped forward to offer meeting space at no cost.
Last week the TRPA announced that it would have to hold its meetings on the South Shore and close its Tahoe City office to save costs in face of declining revenue and a smaller budget.
The TRPA budget for 2008-09 fiscal year was slated at $11.7 million. However the projected revenue did not meet expectations because of economic factors including a decrease in proceeds from application fees, cuts in Nevada funding and delays in the California budget process that kept about $100,000 in interest from accruing in TRPA coffers, said TRPA spokesman Dennis Oliver.
After the news was announced TRPA Governing Board members and community members were galvanized to find a way to continue holding meetings on the North Shore, Oliver said.
“People started talking and the community came up with a solution,” he said. “This is really a result of the community getting involved and reacting.”
As a solution the Incline Village General Improvement District and the North Tahoe Public Utility District offered the TRPA meeting space on the North Shore for no charge in 2009. This is a savings of about $18,000 for TRPA.
“It was the right thing to do,” said IVGID General Manager Bill Horn. “I truly believe in community collaboration and the TRPA is part of our community.”
The TRPA Governing Board will meet on the North Shore during the following days in 2009:
Jan. 28: The Chateau, Incline Village
March 25: The Chateau
May 27: The Chateau
July 22: North Tahoe Community Conference Center, Kings Beach
Sept. 23: North Tahoe Community Conference Center
Nov. 18: The Chateau
All other Governing Board meetings will be held at the TRPA’s offices in Stateline, Nev. In addition Advisory Planning Commission meetings will be held at the South Shore offices. If Governing Board meetings last more than one day, then the second day of the meeting will always be held on the South Shore, Oliver said.
“We didn’t want to pull our meetings back because government needs to happen in public and it needs to be transparent and public participation needs to be encouraged,” Oliver said.