Register of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Collection, 1969-1976

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Register of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Collection, 1969-1976

Collection number: Mss200

Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections

University Library

University of the Pacific

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  • Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
  • University Library, University of the Pacific
  • Stockton, CA 95211
  • Phone: (209) 946-2404
  • Fax: (209) 946-2810
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1969-1976
Collection number: Mss200
Creator: Richard Hanna
Extent: 3 linear ft.
Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
Stockton, CA 95211
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information


Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Collection, Mss200, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library


The Lake Tahoe Basin is one of the world's most uniquely beautiful environments. High alpine mountains surround a deep (1,645 feet) blue lake that is both quite large and clear. This environment is so attractive that for fifty years it has been under intense pressure to meet the demands of a mobile, recreation-seeking public. Different portions of the lake lie in various political jurisdictions (five counties, two states, and several special districts) and the need to balance development with environmental protection was addressed for the first time as recently as 1969, when an act of Congress created the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.
The TRPA was mandated to "maintain an equilibrium between the region's natural endowment and its manmade environment, (and) to adopt and enforce a regional plan of resource conservation and orderly development..." It has three main branches: the Staff, the Advisory Planning Commission, and the Governing Body.
The Staff is headed by an executive officer and is divided into administration, legal, transportation, and planning units. This branch develops plans and ordinances for the orderly development and use of the Tahoe Basin. The Staff present plans in draft form to the Governing Body, which advises and directs Staff as to how these ought to be revised.
The Advisory Planning Commission includes the heads of all local planning and health departments and about four lay citizens. At its monthly meetings, the APC reviews staff recommendations, and makes its own recommendations to the Governing Body.
Only the Governing Body can adopt the plans and ordinances of the TRPA. Its membership includes one representative from each of the five California and Nevada counties with jurisdiction in the Basin (usually a county supervisor), one governor-appointed representative from each state, the director of each state's natural resources agency, a councilman from the city of South Lake Tahoe, and a non-voting representative appointed by the President of the United States. No ordinance can be passed unless it is supported by a majority of the five person delegation of each state.
The TRPA is financed by appropriations from local, state and federal sources. Each of the five counties in the Tahoe Basin is required to appropriate $150,000 per year for the uses of the Agency. The TRPA depends on local governments to enforce its ordinances since the Agency lacks monies for its own inspection and enforcement system. According to the TRPA's own assessment, local government has generally been willing to enforce TRPA ordinances if it has the same form of regulation (for instance, low density zoning), but less willing to enforce if it does not have the same kind of regulation (for instance, a ban on signs attached to trees). In the past, the TRPA has brought suit against counties that have approved development projects which violated its zoning ordinances.
The TRPA has aroused considerable controversy. At one time or another, landowners, developers, local governments, conservationists, and even the State of California, have all brought suit against the Agency. Some very basic questions about the Agency and its role have never been fully answered: Shall the TRPA plan for the economic and social--as well as the physical--environment of the Tahoe Basin; how can the Agency ensure that its statutes are enforced; and, how can the TRPA adequately finance its activities?

Scope and Content

Most of this collection consists of printed matter generated by, or relating to, the activities of the TRPA. It is arranged topically and includes: materials that treat the history and structure of the Agency, copies of TRPA ordinances, drafts of a Tahoe Basin General Plan, studies and reports on specific environmental topics, and background materials on other locales used as planning models by the TRPA.





1. History


1.1.1-US House of Representatives. 91st Congress. Public Law 91-148 authorizing establishment of TRPA, Dec. 18, 1969.


1.1.2-Raymond G. Davis, Inst. of Govtl. Affairs, UC Davis. "Regional Government for Lake Tahoe: A Case Study" (1970).


1.1.3-Gary J. Spradling. "Regional Government for Lake Tahoe" (1971).


1.1.4-Paul Meyer, Tahoe Research Group. "What is the TRPA?" (1974).


1.1.5-"Tahoe Regional Planning Agency: An Overview" (1975).


2. Policies & Procedures


1.2.1-"Rules & Regulations of Practice & Procedure of Tahoe Regional Planning Agency," n.d.


1.2.2-Livingston & Blayney. "Lake Tahoe Regional Planning Agency: Overall Program Design" (1970).


1.2.3-TRPA. "Initial Alternative Resource Management User Accomodation Policies (Development & Analysis)" (n.d., after 1971)


1.2.4-TRPA. "Implementation Strategies" (n.d., c1972)


1.2.5-Sedway/Cooke, Urban & Environmental Planners, SF. "Tahoe Region Basinwide Development & Conservation Suitability Policies & Criteria" (1972).


1.2.6-Eckbo, Dean, Austin & Williams. "Design Guidelines: Tahoe Regional Planning Agency" (1973).


1.2.7-"TRPA Administrative & Fiscal Procedures Manual" (1973).


1.2.8-TRPA Governing Body. Minutes, 10-13-76.


1.2.9-TRPA Governing Body. Minutes, 10-27/28-76.


1.2.10-TRPA. "New Urban Policy" (1976).


3. Ordinances


1.3.1-Richard Hanna. "TRPA Ordinances" [loose-leaf binder containing texts of all ordinances, no. 1-18]


1.3.2-"Land Use Ordinance" (2/72) [2 versions]


1.3.3-Do. Amended (5/73)


1.3.4-"Subdivision Ordinance" (3/72)


1.3.5-"Tree Conservation Ordinance" (4/73)


1.3.6-"Timber Harvesting Ordinance" (4/73)


1.3.7-"Ordinance no. 5" [Grading Ordinance] (3/74)


1.3.8-"Sign Ordinance" (7/75)


1.3.9-"Shorezone Ordinance" (5/76)




1. Tahoe Bibliography


2.1.1-USDA. Pacific Southwest Forest & Range Experiment Sta. and Calif. Div. Mines & Geology. "Preliminary Bibliography:Lake Tahoe Basin, California/Nevada, 1969" (1970).


2.1.2-Lake Tahoe Area, Research Coordination Board. "Inventory of Research Activities in the Lake Tahoe Area, 1878-1974"(1974).


2. General Tahoe Studies


2.2.1-Report of the Lake Tahoe Joint Study Comittee (1967).


2.2.2-Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, Southwest Pacific Region. "Lake Tahoe: Strategies to Save a Lake" (1971).


2.2.3-"Lake Tahoe," Dimension (May 1972).


2.2.4-TRPA. "A Proposal to Establish a Research Arm of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency" (1972).


2.2.5-Thomas J. Worth Assoc. "Lake Tahoe: An Environmental Impact Statement" (1972).


2.2.6-TRPA. "Stateline Subregional Study (Preliminary Draft)" (1973).


2.2.7-Environmental Protection Agency. "The Lake Tahoe Study" (1974).


2.2.8-Robert G. Bailey. "Land Capability Classification of the Lake Tahoe Basin: A Guide for Planning" (1974).


2.2.9-TRPA. "Growth in the Lake Tahoe Basin--Economic, Social & Environmental Effects" (1975).




3.1-Nevada Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. "Nevada Tahoe General Plan" (1970).


3.2-Placer Co. Planning Dept. "Ward Valley General Plan 1970".


3.3-US Forest Service. "Lake Tahoe Basin: Planning for Environmental Quality" (1971).


3.4-TRPA. "The Plan for Lake Tahoe" (n.d., c1971)


3.5-TRPA. Hearings on General Plan (1971).


3.6-Economic Research Assoc. "Capital Programming Plans: Lake Tahoe Region" (1973).


3.7-McDonald & Smart, SF. "Tahoe Regional General Plan Implementation: Financial Feasibility" (1974).


3.8-TRPA. "1976 General Plan Update" (1976).


3.9-TRPA. "Overall Work Program--Fiscal Years 1977-1981" (1976).




1. Water Quality


4.1.1-US Army. Corps of Engineers. "Flood Plain Information: Trout and Bijou Creeks, South Lake Tahoe, Calif." (1969).


4.1.2-US Army. Corps of Engineers. "Floods: Trout & Bijou Creeks, South Lake Tahoe, Calif." (1969).


4.1.3-US Army. Corps of Engineers. "Flood Plain Information: Upper Truckee River, South Lake Tahoe, Calif." (1969).


4.1.4-"Bibliography of Source Documents" (n.d., after 1970).


4.1.5-Calif. State Water Resources Control Board. "Lake Tahoe: Report on 1969 Use of Water" (1971).


4.1.6-Nevada. Div. Water Resources. "A Reconnaissance of Streamflow & Alluvial Sediment Transport, Incline Village Area, Lake Tahoe, Nevada" (1971).


4.1.7-Orme, Antony R. "The Shore-zone System for Lake Tahoe" (1971).


4.1.8-TRPA. "Planning Guide for Hydrology, Tahoe Regional Plan" (1971).


4.1.9-US Army. Corps of Engineers. "Flood Plain Information: Truckee River, Tahoe City, Calif." (1971).


4.1.10-US Army. Corps. of Engineers. "Floods: Truckee River, Tahoe City, Calif." (1971).


4.1.11-TRPA. "A Plan for Preserving Lake Tahoe's Water Quality--


4.1.12-TRPA. "Report on Water Distribution in the Lake Tahoe Region"(n.d.)


2. Sewage


4.2.1-TRPA. "Report on Lake Tahoe Region Solid Waste Collection and Disposal" (1971).


4.2.2-TRPA. "Report on Lake Tahoe Region Wastewater Collection, Treatment & Disposal" (1971).


4.2.3-TRPA. "Water & Sewer Planning & Programming: Lake Tahoe Region"(1973).


3. Air Quality


4.3.1-TRPA & US Forest Service. "Climate & Air Quality of the Lake Tahoe Region: A Planning Guide" (May 1971).


4.3.2-Do. (Sep. 1971)


4. Transportation


4.4.1-SRI. "Transportation Planning Alternatives in the Tahoe Basin"(1971).


4.4.2-TRPA. "Tahoe Regional Transportation Plan--Short Range Element,1975-1980" (1975).




5.1-"Tahoe Vegetation--Soil Protection Symposium" (1968).


5.2-[Placer Co., Calif. Planning & Zoning Codes Index w/ Maps] (1971)


5.3-TRPA [?]. "Fisheries in Tahoe Basin--Technical Chapter" (1971).


5.4-TRPA & US Forest Service. "A Scenic Analysis of the Lake Tahoe Region" [Draft Copy] (1971).


5.5-TRPA & US Forest Service. "Land Resources of the Lake Tahoe Region--A Guide for Planning" (1971).


5.6-TRPA & US Forest Service. "Recreation Resources of the Lake Tahoe Basin" (1971).


5.7-TRPA & US Forest Service. "Scenic Analyses of the Lake Tahoe Region--A Guide to Planning" (1971).


5.8-US Forest Service. "Lake Tahoe Basin: Land Capabilities" (1971).


5.9-Eckbo, Dean, Austin & Williams. "Lake Tahoe Open Space Element" [Rev. Draft] (1972).


5.10-TRPA. "Housing Element Update--Progress Report" (1972).


5.11-US Forest Service. "Lake Tahoe Basin: Land Suitabilities" (1972).


5.12-Economic Research Assoc. "Housing Element Update: Lake Tahoe Region" (1973).


5.13-[El Dorado Co., Calif.] "Land Use Zoning, Lake Tahoe Basin" (1973).


5.14-Heikka, Richard M. "TRPA Memorandum: Conservation, Open Space & Recreation Elements of the Tahoe Basin Plan" (1973).


5.15-Huntington, Gordon L., Wm. R. Allardice and Michael Whiting. "Soil Erosion & Soil Erodibility in the Tahoe Basin" (1973).


5.16-US Forest Service. "Lake Tahoe Basin: Preliminary General Plan for National Forest Lands" (1973).


5.17-US Forest Service. "Review Draft: General Plan for the Management of National Forest Lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin" (1973).


5.18-US Forest Service. "USDA Forest Service Environmental Statement"(1973).


5.19-Bailey, Robt. G. "Land-Capability Classification of the Lake Tahoe Basin, California-Nevada--A Guide for Planning" (1974).


5.20-McDonald & Smart, Inc., SF. "Design of a Housing & Land Data System for the Tahoe Basin" (1974).


5.21-"Tahoe City Urban Design Plan" (1975).


5.22-D.G. Menchetti. "Memorandum: Analysis of the Lake Tahoe Study,US EPA Report" (1976).


5.23-TRPA. "A Summary Outline for Housing & Community Development Plan" (1976).


5.24-TRPA [?]. "Regional Housing & Community Development Work Program" (1976).


5.25-US Forest Service. Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (1976). [map]


5.26-TRPA [?]. "Extractive Resources: Forest Products" (n.d.).




6.1-US Army. Corps of Engineers. "Guidelines for Reducing Flood Damages" (1967).


6.2-Thomas M. Lee. "Is Flood Plain Management Part of Your Community Plan?" Public Works (Jul 1968).


6.3-Nevada. University. Desert Research Institute. "The Laboratories of the Desert Research Institute" (1969).


6.4-Burmann, F. Herbert & Gene E. Likens. "The Nutrient Cycles of an Ecosystem," Scientific American (Oct 1970).


6.5-Forbes, Carl, Carl Stewart & Don Spellman. "Snow & Ice Control in California" (1970).


6.6-Donald L. Spellman & Richard F. Stratfull. "Chlorides & Bridge Deck Deterioration" (1970).


6.7-US Army. Corps of Engineers. "Flood Plain Management Services" (1970).


6.8-Ira Michael Heyman. "Innovative Land Regulation & CompreheNsive Planning," Santa Clara Lawyer 13:2 (Win 1972).


6.9-Nevada. Governor's Environmental Council. "The Quality of the Environment" (1972).


6.10-US EPA. "The Challenge of the Environment: A Primer on EPA Statutory Authority" (1972).


6.11-California Continuing Education of the Bar. "California Environmental Quality Act Developments" (1973).


6.12-California. Senate. Local Govt. Comm. Subcommittee on Planning Law Revision. [Hearings, San Bruno, Calif., 10-15-73]


6.13-Mandelker, Daniel R. and Susan B. Rothschild. "The Role of Land-Use Controls in Combatting Air Pollution Under the Clean Air Act of 1970," Ecology Law Quarterly 3:2 (Spr 1973).


6.14-Soil Conservation Soc. America. "National Land Use Policy: Objectives, Components, Implementation" (1973).


6.15-Anderson, Frederick R. NEPA in the Courts: A Legal Analysis of the National Environmental Policy Act (1974).


6.16-Leventhal, Harold. "Environmental Decisionmaking & the Role of the Courts" (1974).


6.17-Schnidman, Frank. "Growth Management in Ramapo & Petaluma" (1974).


6.18-Western Pacific Railroad Co. "Western Pacific Golden Gate, Sunset Companies Solid Waste Disposal Plan for the City of San Francisco" (n.d.)