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Inventory of the California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content
  • Accruals
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Records
    Dates: 1974-1984
    Collection number: R358
    Creator: California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
    Collection Size: 14 cubic feet of textual records
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: The records of the California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency cover the years 1974-1984 and consist of 14 cubic feet of textual records. The records are organized into the following record series: Governing Board Meeting Packets, Subject Files, Press Files, Reports, Lot Count and Population Estimate Files, Transportation Plan Program Files, Carrying Capacity Files, Shore Zone Study Files, and John Vostrez Study Files.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Records,R358.[Series Number], [box and folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Acquisition and Custodial History

    The California State Archives acquired the California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Records according to state law.

    Administrative History

    The Lake Tahoe Basin, which spans across the California and Nevada state line, has long been known for its rich scenic beauty as well as its abundance of commercial and recreational opportunity. Tourism, logging, and shoreline development have had a presence around the lake since the middle 1800s, but not without dispute. Early on, conservationists argued that manmade environments were a risk to the natural ecology found in the basin. It was believed that unless protected, the rare features of the region would be lost.
    In the 1960s, concerns over the impact that rapid development had on the basin became increasingly prevalent. Lawmakers in California and Nevada were becoming convinced that an agreement between the states should be reached in order to establish environmental control in the basin. Soon thereafter, designs for what would come to be known as the bi-state Tahoe Regional Planning Compact (TRPC) began to take shape.
    The researcher may be familiar with the bi-state Compact and through media coverage, may also know of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency or TRPA (a planning agency in both California and Nevada portions of the Tahoe Basin), which was created out of the compact and ratified by the United States Congress in 1969. It should be understood that the records in this collection however, were created by a separate agency, exclusive to the California side of the Lake Tahoe basin, known as the California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, or CTRPA.
    The California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency was established approximately two years before the compact between California and Nevada, and the creation of TRPA. As the states of California and Nevada worked together to design the Compact, it was decided that each state would create their own interim agency for environmental protection. In 1967, California State Legislature created the political subdivision known as CTRPA and Nevada created the short-lived NTRPA.
    From the start, the mission of CTRPA was to establish a long-range management program that would "alleviate problems of resource use and deficiencies in environmental control" near Lake Tahoe, including portions of El Dorado and Placer Counties. CTRPA's intention was to regulate commercial and residential construction, development along the shoreline, timber harvesting, and transportation or roadway growth, so that the region would successfully sustain a human environment while doing little harm to the natural environment.
    In 1980 however, President Jimmy Carter revised the bi-state Compact, allowing TRPA to have greater jurisdiction over environmental regulation in the Tahoe region, and CTRPA regulation in the basin came to a close. California State Assembly Bill 2794 of 1982 supported Carter's revision to the compact, providing that "no further state funds shall be expended for support of CTRPA." By 1985, the California political subdivision known as CTRPA was deactivated, however, as of this writing, TRPA continues to provide environmental regulation for the states of California and Nevada near the Lake Tahoe Basin.

    Scope and Content

    The records of the California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency cover the years 1974-1984 and consist of 14 cubic feet of textual records. The records are organized into the following record series: Governing Board Meeting Packets, Subject Files, Press Files, Reports, Lot Count and Population Estimate Files, Transportation Plan Program Files, Carrying Capacity Files, Shore Zone Study Files, and John Vostrez Study Files. The majority of records are subject files, which cover a variety of topics including air quality, housing, land use, noise, ski areas, transportation, tree cutting, and water quality. Subject files can be found in two series: Subject Files, and John Vostrez Subject Files. The first of the two subject series were created by CTRPA as a whole, while John Vostrez files were created through the office of CTRPA's executive officer.
    As a whole, the records of the California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency represent an attempt to protect the California side of the Tahoe Basin according to California law, which may in some instances be stricter than those designed by the bi-state Tahoe Regional Planning Compact (TRPC), or regulated by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. This is particularly important when considering issues such as the California Environmental Quality Act of 1970, which requires development projects to submit documentation of their potential environmental impact, which was not necessarily a TRPA requirement (for the interested researcher, the John Vostrez Subject Files contain one folder on the California Environmental Quality Act and follow up legislation from 1978).
    Overall, CTRPA has sought to create tough standards for traffic control, air quality, and water quality- especially in the prevention underwater soil erosion, hence keeping the waters of Tahoe blue. CTRPA has also proved to be stringent on its reviews of commercial and residential projects in the Basin. Records within the Subject Files series of this collection describe a debate that came between CTRPA supported Tahoe Area residents and Walt Disney Productions, when the entertainment industry giant sought to open a year-round resort near Independence Lake in the northern Sierra Nevada. Four folders within the Subject File series of this collection describe CTRPA's review of the project and Disney's eventual drop of their development plans. These records can be found under the title Independence Lake (Disney).
    The researcher interested in the history of environmental regulation in California will find the records of the California Tahoe Planning Agency to be particularly useful. Though CTRPA only existed as a California political subdivision for just under two decades, the environmental policies of the agency, along with those created by TRPA and NTRPA, have helped the Tahoe region achieve a reputation of being tough in the name of future generations, so that they too may enjoy the rare beauty of the Tahoe Region.

    Accruals

    No further accruals are expected.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    California. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
    Water pollution
    Air quality
    Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)