Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and DKS Associates staff spend time listening to community members at outdoor events and community meetings throughout the year.
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency places a high value on public participation in planning and decisions. The public should be given ample opportunities for early, meaningful, and continued involvement. Specifically in the agency’s transportation planning, collecting diverse public input is important for determining the types of projects that meet public needs and ensures funds are directed to the areas of highest need.
The agency is releasing the Draft 2024 Public Participation Plan today for a forty-five (45) public comment period. The draft plan outlines key decision points for consulting with affected communities, local, regional, state, and federal agencies and Tribal governments. This announcement and the comment period are required parts of the Public Participation Plan. The comment period for the document commences on February 20, 2024 and closes on April 5, 2024. Public comments will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on April 5.
Staff will present the final plan to the TRPA Governing Board for potential adoption at its regular monthly meeting on April 24. We look forward to your feedback!
The Public Participation Plan document is available upon request or can be accessed online at: https://www.trpa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2024-Public-Participation-Plan-DRAFT-Feb.-24.pdf
Comments should be sent to:
Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization
Attn: Kira Richardson, Senior Transportation Planner
P.O. Box 5310
Stateline, NV 89449
Or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please direct any questions or other inquiries regarding this notice to Kira Richardson at (775) 589-5236.
TRPA completed the first ever Transportation Equity Study for the Lake Tahoe Region in 2023. The Equity Study and TRPA’s environmental justice initiatives seek to identify the needs, concerns, and vulnerabilities of all those living, working, and visiting the Tahoe Basin and to ensure transportation programs, policies, and activities do not disproportionately and adversely affect identified priority communities. Equity-centered transportation policies seek to equitably distribute transportation benefits and burdens for Tahoe residents, visitors, and commuters with a focus on improving mobility for priority communities:
- Persons without private transportation (zero vehicle households): Lack of a personal vehicle is a significant factor for transit need. In 2022, 80 percent of Tahoe transit riders did not have access to a personal vehicle.
- Seniors (individuals 65 years and older): Elderly individuals may choose not to drive or can no longer drive due to age.
- Persons living below the poverty line: Purchasing and maintaining a personal vehicle might be difficult for households with limited income.
- Individuals with a disability: Disability status may impact an individual’s ability to live independently, including driving a personal vehicle.
- Youth (individuals under 18 years old): Most people under 18 do not drive and even those with driver’s licenses often do not have the means to purchase or maintain a personal vehicle.
- BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color): People of color are more likely to live in densely populated areas, are less likely to have access to a car, and are more likely to bike, walk, and use public transportation to commute to work.
The Equity Study was awarded the 2023 Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award from Women’s Transportation Seminar International.
View the project website to learn more.