Tahoe Living: Housing and Community Revitalization Working Group

The previously-calendared January 31st Tahoe Living Working Group meeting will be rescheduled as staff work to initiate Phase 3 of the Tahoe Living Strategic Priority and complete guidance documents for the implementation of Phase 2. Please see the Housing Webpage for more information and updates. Sign up for the Housing enews by e-mailing housing@trpa.gov to receive updates on meetings and events.


Tahoe Living: Housing and Community Revitalization Working Group


Phase 2 Housing Amendments: Market Solutions to Encourage Affordable and Workforce Housing Development

Since October 2021, TRPA staff and consultants have been examining the financial implications that regional and local development standards, including height, density (a.k.a., units per acre), coverage, parking, and setbacks, have on the development of affordable and workforce housing and attainment of Regional Plan goals that support redevelopment that improves treatment of runoff, reduces vehicle miles traveled, and enhances walkability. The Phase 2 Housing Amendments were developed based on input from the Tahoe Living Working Group, the Local Government and Housing Committee, RPIC, Governing Board, stakeholders, and the community. Visit TRPA’s Housing webpage for a summary of the amendments and an interactive map of the proposal locations.

Phase 2 Regional Plan and Code Amendments
Phase 2 Environmental Analysis

Working Group Meeting #7 Friday, April 21, 2023

          Outcome Document
          Meeting Notes – April 21, 2023 (draft)

          Meeting Agenda and Staff Reports
          Tahoe Living Agenda April 21, 2023
          Agenda Item No. IX.A. Development Standards Staff Report

           TRPA Staff Presentation
           Cascadia TRPA Zoning and Affordability Slides



Governing Board Meeting Wednesday, July 27, 2022

TRPA Staff provided an update to the Governing Board in July, 2022 on Tahoe Living Working Group outcomes, accomplishments, and next steps for housing policy amendments in the Regional Plan. The following recordings were shared with the board and the public at the meeting.

Opticos Presentation to LGHC on Missing Middle Housing – January 6, 2021 (44 minutes)
Cascadia Presentation to the Tahoe Living Working Group on Multi-Family Development Scenarios – March 30, 2022 (29 minutes)


Working Group Meeting #6 Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Outcome Documents
Meeting Notes – March 30, 2022

Meeting Agenda and Staff Reports
Tahoe Living Agenda March 30, 2022
Agenda Item No. VII.A Development Standards Staff Report
Agenda Item No. VIII.A City of South Lake Tahoe Report
Agenda Item No. VIII.B Achievable Definition and Moveable Tiny Home Update Staff Report
Agenda Item No. VIII.C Development Rights and ADUs Staff Report

Cascadia Presentation – Financial Feasibility Analysis
Tahoe Living Working Group Presentation



Working Group Meeting #5 Thursday, October 28, 2021

Outcome Documents
Meeting Notes – October 28th, 2021

Meeting Agenda and Staff Reports
Tahoe Living Agenda October 28, 2021
Meeting Notes – April 7, 2021
Agenda Item VII.A Tahoe Living Working Group Process Review

Attachment A – Ordinance 2021-08 Redline

Agenda Item VII.B Intensity, Density, and Dimensional Standards
Agenda Item VII.C Non-residential Accessory Dwelling Units

Written Public Comments



TRPA Governing Board Meeting Wednesday, July 29, 2021

The TRPA Governing Board approved the Phase 1 Housing Amendments at its July, 2021 meeting.
Link to materials and recording

Working Group Meeting #4 Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Outcome Documents
Meeting Recording: https://vimeo.com/540880264
Meeting Notes – April 7, 2021
Meeting Presentation – April 7, 2021

Meeting Agenda and Staff Reports
Tahoe Living Agenda April 7, 2021
Agenda Item V – “Basic” Code Amendment Package – ADUs and Tourist Conversions and Other
Agenda Item VI – Updates – Workforce Definition and Density and Other

Working Group Meeting #3 Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Outcome Documents
Meeting Recording: https://vimeo.com/511288332
Meeting Notes – February 10, 2021

Meeting Agenda and Staff Reports
Tahoe Living Agenda February 10, 2021
Agenda Item No. V ADUs and Density Draft Policy Proposal Staff Report
Attachment A Tahoe Living Near Term Actions Survey Results
Attachment B Memo from Opticos Design on Missing Middle considerations

January 6, 2021 Opticos Presentation on the Missing Middle Housing


Working Group Meeting #2 Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Outcome Documents
Meeting Notes – November 4, 2020

Meeting Agenda and Staff Reports
Tahoe Living Agenda November 4, 2020
Agenda Item No. V – Draft Prioritized Actions Staff Report
Agenda Item No. V Attachment A – Development Type Evaluation Sheets
Agenda Item No. V Attachment B – Priority Tool Action Quantification Updated Action Catalog

Working Group Meeting #1 Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Outcome Documents
Meeting Notes – August 19, 2020 Housing Need Process Action Catalog

Meeting Agenda and Staff Reports
Tahoe Living Agenda August 19, 2020
Agenda Item No. VI.A – Background, Working Group Process and Timeline
Agenda Item No. VI.B – Goal Agenda Item No. VI.C – Action Catalog
Agenda Item No. VI.D – Housing Cost Analysis Tool

Working Group Members
Working Group Roster

Joanne Marchetta

Joanne Marchetta was the Executive Director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency from 2011 to 2022. The mission of the bi-state Compact agency is to cooperatively lead the work to preserve, restore, and enhance the natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region. Ms. Marchetta led the Agency and basin through transformational changes to strengthen the environment, economy, and communities of Lake Tahoe. She came to Tahoe in 2009 to serve as TRPA’s General Counsel before taking on the leadership role as director.

Ms. Marchetta has always had a passion for combining environmental protection, land use planning, and real estate development in unique and responsible ways. Following graduation from the University of Michigan with a forestry degree and Catholic University with a law degree, she started her professional career in Washington DC as a litigator for the Department of Justice. She led environmental enforcement cases under many of the federal environmental statutes — clean air, clean water, and hazardous waste cleanup actions. She worked for U.S. EPA during the Bush and Clinton administrations where she negotiated some of the largest hazardous waste cleanup agreements in the state of California. Later at the Presidio Trust in San Francisco, she helped to transform the Presidio from an Army base to a financially self-sustaining national park.

Joanne served on the Board and Executive Committee of the Tahoe Prosperity Center.

Special Caldor Fire Issue of Tahoe In Depth

Special Caldor Fire Issue of Tahoe In Depth

TRPA worked with the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team and partners to produce a special issue of Tahoe In Depth. The issue covers the Caldor Fire, what we know now, and what megafires like it may mean for the future of Tahoe’s forests. This special issue will be available at the new Tahoe In Depth newspaper kiosks, fire stations, and select locations.

Click here to view the issue.

TRPA Accepting Lottery Applications for New Tahoe Piers

Lake Tahoe, CA/NV –The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) will be accepting lottery entries between June 1 and June 30 this year for the limited number of pier allocations allowed every two years under the Shoreline Plan, the agency said today.

Adopted by the TRPA Governing Board in 2018, the Shoreline Plan lifts a longstanding moratorium on new shorezone structures and places a cap on the number of private piers and buoys allowed at Lake Tahoe. The Shoreline Plan allows additional piers and moorings to be permitted at a measured rate through periodic lotteries until the cap is met.  The plan allows for a maximum of 128 private piers and 1,486 new private moorings.

Every two years, TRPA can permit up to 12 new piers in the Tahoe Basin, with a preference for multiple-parcel, shared use piers. Through the lottery, TRPA will select applications that can move forward to the permitting process by July 20, 2021. No additional pier allocations will be available until 2023.

Information and instructions for the lottery application process and eligibility criteria are available here.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency leads the cooperative effort to preserve, restore, and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region, while improving local communities, and people’s interactions with our irreplaceable environment. For additional information, contact Jeff Cowen, Public Information Officer, at (775) 589-5278 or jcowen@trpa.gov.

Elk Point Bubble Curtain Protects Against Aquatic Weeds

Elk Point Bubble Curtain Protects Against Aquatic Weeds

Zephyr Cove, NV — When Charles Jennings moved to Elk Point four years ago, he noticed thick green and brown plants dominating the bottom of the marina. The plants were knocked back last fall but could possibly return. A new, innovative bubble curtain installed across the marina entrance earlier this month is making the possibility of another weed infestation less likely.

The Tahoe Resource Conservation District and Marine Taxonomic Services made the initial treatment in the marina in 2018 by installing underwater mats called bottom barriers, which starve the invasive weeds of sunlight. But the initial treatment does not guarantee the plants won’t return.

“The main goal of the Elk Point Marina bubble curtain is to keep aquatic invasive species plant fragments from entering the marina where they could establish new plant infestations, and to collect and dispose of the plant fragments,” said Charles Jennings, vice president of the Elk Point Country Club Homeowners Association.

The homeowners association, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA), the Tahoe Fund, and the League to Save Lake Tahoe partnered to fund a bubble curtain across the marina entrance to keep invasive plant fragments from reestablishing in the marina. Perforated air hose lines on the bottom of the channel create walls of bubbles that help slow plant fragments from entering the treated area. Unlike the bubble curtains in the channels of the Tahoe Keys, this bubble curtain works in reverse, to keep plant fragments out, rather than in.

“We are excited to partner on this innovative new use of a bubble curtain to keep aquatic invasive plants out of the marina,” said Amy Berry, Tahoe Fund CEO. “Aquatic invasive species are one of the great challenges the lake faces, and it is going to take all of us working together on new solutions.”

Aquatic invasive weeds such as Eurasian watermilfoil are not native to Tahoe and without a natural check to their growth, the weeds quickly colonize and outcompete native species. Watercraft can spread aquatic weeds around the lake from fragments tangled on their propellers and anchors, resulting in new infestations that are expensive and difficult to treat.

“It’s a constant battle to control and treat aquatic weeds,” said Dennis Zabaglo, TRPA aquatic resources program manager. “Fortunately, we collaborate with many public and private partner organizations like Elk Point Country Club to implement the best emerging technologies to protect the lake.”

The addition of the bubble curtain at Elk Point is an example of the technology’s multiple uses to protect and restore Lake Tahoe. The jointly funded bubble curtain is a way to protect collaborative investments in past successful AIS treatments.

“Our three years of experience with the bubble curtain pilot program in the Tahoe Keys have proven this innovative technology is an important ingredient in tackling the most dire ecological threat to Lake Tahoe,” said Jesse Patterson, chief strategy officer for the League to Save Lake Tahoe. “We’re proud to build on that success by working with the folks at Elk Point, TRPA and the Tahoe Fund to put aquatic invasive species in check and Keep Tahoe Blue.”

The multi-agency Lake Tahoe Aquatic Invasive Species action agenda calls for continuation of the comprehensive watercraft inspection program to protect the lakes of the region from new AIS, and a control program to tackle invasives that were introduced before watercraft inspections began in 2008. Since the start of mandatory inspections at Tahoe, no new AIS have been detected in the basin.

The Lake Tahoe Aquatic Invasive Species Program is implemented by 40 public and private partner organizations, including federal, state, and local jurisdictions, research partners, public utility districts, and private marinas. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Tahoe Resource Conservation District lead the program in collaboration with the public and private partners. The program’s mission is to prevent, detect, and control aquatic invasive species in the Region so that future generations can enjoy Lake Tahoe. For additional information, contact Jeff Cowen, TRPA Public Information Officer, at 775-589-5278.

Tahoe Transportation Plan Adopted

Tahoe Transportation Plan Adopted

Lake Tahoe, CA/NV – The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Governing Board Wednesday unanimously approved a new transportation plan and policies that will do more to reduce reliance on the automobile and get projects on the ground than any previous plan, the agency said today.

The Regional Transportation Plan has been broadly supported by Lake Tahoe transportation organizations and developed with input from more than 8,500 people through an inclusive information gathering process with some elements provided in English and in Spanish. A concurrent approval by the TRPA board today updated air quality standards for the Tahoe Basin to measure Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) per capita, which will improve how development standards are used to mitigate traffic impacts and further reduce reliance on the automobile.

“This new plan and policies are a blueprint for a 21st century transportation system for Lake Tahoe,” TRPA Executive Director Joanne S. Marchetta said. “For the first time, we are aligning land use and science with specific projects and funding to achieve what everyone wants: an interconnected transportation system that achieves climate change strategies, reduces congestion, and better serves residents and visitors.”

Reducing reliance on the automobile has been a fundamental goal since TRPA was created more than 50 years ago, according to the agency. Through the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program, many collaborative transportation projects have been completed. The Regional Transportation Plan will systematically connect projects while emphasizing improved transit service and parking management in high visitation areas. The new plan will also implement the climate action policies and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals of both states and local governments.

Elements of the new transportation plan include:

  • A sustainable funding plan to get projects completed
  • A full trail system including completion of the Tahoe Trail encircling the lake
  • Maintaining free transit and increasing frequency of service
  • On-demand rideshare, bikeshare, and micro shuttle services
  • Shuttles to and from communities outside the basin
  • 17 new mobility hubs throughout the region
  • Employer and employee transportation programs
  • Technology improvements such as smartphone apps
  • Parking management and variable parking pricing

Next steps for the transportation plan are to identify a range of regional revenue options with assistance from a Bi-State Consultation on Transportation and to re-assess regional development mitigation options to achieve the new per-capita VMT threshold standard.

The plan can be viewed at www.trpa.gov/rtp.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency leads the cooperative effort to preserve, restore, and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region, while improving local communities, and people’s interactions with our irreplaceable environment. For additional information, contact Jeff Cowen, Public Information Officer, at (775) 589-5278 or jcowen@trpa.org.