Permitting System Improvement Initiative

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) is seeking to improve its permitting systems to improve customer service and to encourage environmental redevelopment and private sector investments that will result in environmental and community benefits.

Action Plan for TRPA Permitting Improvements

The Action Plan is a strategy and 18-month work program to implement permitting system improvements. It was developed with staff and key stakeholders and endorsed by the TRPA Governing Board in August 2022. The Action Plan identifies process improvements and code amendments focused on the following priority topics:

    • Establish more efficient, consistent, and predictable application review processes.
    • Simplify and shorten review processes for minor applications and sequential approvals.
    • Update code standards that are difficult to interpret, do not add value, or are unduly cumbersome.
    • Prioritize public communication and customer services.
    • Expand tools for staff development and training.
    • Maintain adequate and dependable funding to support quality application reviews.
February 2, 2023

TRPA and its consultant have developed an initial report of recommendations for improvements to the agency’s permitting systems. Suggestions raised by a variety of stakeholders helped the consultant create these recommendations in coordination with TRPA staff. The implementation report below is available for stakeholder review and feedback through February 22, 2023.

Implementation Report for TRPA Permitting Improvements

The agency will host a webinar on Friday, February 10 at 1:00 p.m. (PST) to review and discuss the Implementation Report with stakeholders. Professionals, consultants, agency staff, and property owners are welcome.
Register in advance here:

Please contact Arlo Stockham with questions or suggestions; and provide review comments to him by February 22, 2023.

Arlo Stockham
Stockham Consulting
(775) 315-4231

The permitting improvement team will also be reviewing this material with local agencies and TRPA permitting stakeholders. Staff expects to present updated recommendations to the Governing Board in March. Programs will then be developed for final approval and implementation by August 2023.

TRPA Staff Contacts

Tiffany Good
Permitting Program Manager 
(775) 589-5283

Aly Borawski
Permitting & Compliance
(775) 589-5229