Code Amendments

​Code Amendments in Progress:

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TRPA regularly amends the Code of Ordinances to improve its effectiveness and clarity. Please review the Advisory Planning Commission and Governing Board meeting packets for detailed information on Code amendments in progress.

Previous code amendments are archived below:

2021 Code Amendments

2021-01               Adopted 1/27/2021        Effective 1/27/2021

An ordinance to adopt amendments to the Tahoe Valley Area Plan for the Sugar Pine Village affordable housing project.

Amendments

Staff Report

2021-02               Adopted 2/24/2021         Effective 2/24/2021

An ordinance to adopt amendments to the Placer County Tahoe Basin Area Plan to encourage workforce housing development and expand opportunities for additional multi-residential land uses.

Amendments

Staff Report

2021-03               Adopted 4/28/2021         Effective 4/28/2021

An ordinance updating Air Quality Threshold Standard 14 to establish and reflect the regional goals of promotion of mobility, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce dependency on the automobile.

Amendments

Staff Report

Threshold Standard Update

2021-04               Adopted 4/28/2021         Effective 4/28/2021

An ordinance to amend TRPA’s Goals and Policies regarding the existing nitrate deposition threshold standard, to accelerate attainment of the per capita VMT standard and implement the Regional Transportation Plan, including Regional Plan Chapters 3 (Transportation Element) and Chapter 7 (Implementation Element), and Code Chapter 50.

Amendments

Staff Report

Ordinance

2021-05               Adopted 4/28/2021         Effective 6/26/2021

Amendments to Chapters 2, 3, 22, 34, 39, 50, 65, 82, and 90 of the TRPA Code of Ordinances to revise the transportation project impact assessment and air quality mitigation fee.

Amendments

Staff Report

Ordinance

2021-06               Adopted 5/26/2021         Effective 5/26/2021

An ordinance to adopt Washoe County’s Tahoe Area Plan.

Staff Report

Ordinance

2021-07               Adopted 5/26/2021         Effective 7/25/2021

Amendments to Chapters 34, 36, and 38 of the TRPA Code of Ordinances to reflect the adoption of Washoe County’s Tahoe Area Plan

Staff Report

Ordinance

2021-08               Adopted 7/29/2021         Effective 9/29/2021

Amendments to Chapters 21, 31, 39, 50, 51, 52 and 90, of the TRPA Code of Ordinances developed through the Tahoe Living Housing and Community Revitalization Working Group.

Ordinance

Staff Report

 

2020 Code Amendments

Page Updates Since the Version Effective August 25, 2019

 

Ordinance 2020-06, Adopted October 28, 2020     effective October 28, 2020

This ordinance amends the Tourist Core Area Plan and the Bijou / Al Tahoe Community Plan to move 49 parcels (~18 acres) from the Bijou / Al Tahoe Community Plan into the Tourist Core Area Plan’s Tourist Center Gateway (TSC-G) zoning district.

Boundary Change

Staff Summary

Ordinance 2020-05, Adopted September 30, 2020     effective November 29, 2020

This ordinance involves substantive amendments to Section 61.3, Vegetation Protection and Management.

Ordinance 

Staff Summary

Ordinance 2020-04, Adopted June 24, 2020     effective June 24, 2020

This ordinance amends the Bijou / Al Tahoe Community Plan by expanding an existing special height standard to encompass property owned by the Lake Tahoe Unified School District.

Ordinance

Staff Summary

Ordinance 2020-03, Adopted April 22, 2020     effective April 22, 2020

This ordinance amends the Tourist Core Area Plan and its boundaries with Plan Area Statements 092 (Pioneer / Ski Run) and 085 (Lakeview Heights).  The amendment adds three parcels (~1.6 acres) into the Tourist Core Area Plan and designated Town Center to facilitate development of an affordable housing project.

Ordinance

Boundary Change

Staff Summary

Ordinance 2020-02, Adopted February 26, 2020     effective April 26, 2020

This ordinance involves reorganization and substantive amendments to Chapter 61, Vegetation and Forest Health.  The amendments focus on Section 61.1, Tree Removal, but also affect Sections 61.2, Prescribed Burning and 61.3, Vegetation Protection and Management.

Ordinance

Staff Summary

Ordinance 2020-01, Adopted February 26, 2020     effective April 26, 2020

This ordinance is an amendment to eliminate an unintentional prohibition on modifying utility lines that are located within a Stream Mouth Protection Zone.

Ordinance

Staff Summary

2019 Code Amendments

Summary of 2019 Code Amendments

Ordinance 2019-08, Adopted December 18, 2019     effective February 16, 2020

This ordinance involves an amendment to Chapter 84, Development Standards Lakeward of High Water in the Shorezone and Lakezone, establishing provisions for permitting existing buoys within existing buoy fields.

Ordinance

Staff Summary

Ordinance 2019-07, Adopted December 18, 2019     effective February 16, 2020

This ordinance comprises a series of technical amendments to Chapters 2, 21, 30, 37, 50, 51, 53, and 84.

Ordinance

Staff Summary

Ordinance 2019-06, Adopted October 23, 2019

This ordinance involves an amendment to Chapter 50, Allocation of Development by adding short-term rental neighborhood compatibility as a third criterion to the performance review system for distribution of residential allocations.

Ordinance and Exhibit

Information on Short-Term Rental Neighborhood Compatibility

Ordinance 2019-05, Adopted July 24, 2019

This ordinance involves an amendment to Chapter 36, Design Standards relating to upward lighting for flags within the veterans section of a cemetery.

Ordinance and Exhibit

Ordinance 2019-04, Adopted June 26, 2019

This ordinance involves shorezone-related technical amendments to Chapters 84 and 90.

Code Amendments

Ordinance 2019-02, Adopted April 23, 2019

This ordinance comprises a series of technical amendments to Chapters 6, 14, 21, 30, 34, 37, 50, 51, 52, 63, 65, 66, 81, 84, and 90

Ordinance 2019-02

Technical Code Amendments

Minor Substantive Code Amendments

Ordinance 2019-01, Adopted February 27, 2019

This ordinance amends the recently approved development rights conversion rates in Chapter 51 of the Code of Ordinances.

Ordinance 2019-01

Conversion Exchange Rate Amendment

2018 Code Amendments

Ordinance 2018-03, Adopted October 24, 2018

This ordinance amends chapters 1, 3, 6, 11, 21, 31, 39, 50, 51, 52, and 90 of the Code of Ordinances to implement the adopted changes to the Development Rights System and residential bonus unit program.

Ordinance 2018-03

Development Rights Strategic Initiative Code Amendments

Ordinance 2018-04, Adopted October 24, 2018

This ordinance amends chapters 1, 2, 10, 14, 50, 63, 66, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, and 90 of the Code of Ordinances to implement the adopted Shoreline Plan.

Ordinance 2018-04

Shoreline Strategic Initiative Code Amendments

2012 Code of Ordinances Update

Updates to the the Lake Tahoe Regional Plan were approved on 12.12.2012 as well as amendments to the TRPA Goals & Policies and Code of Ordinances. Those amendments came into effect on 2013. Summary of 2012 TRPA Code Amendments.

Before the Regional Plan Update, TRPA extensively reorganized and reformatted the 1987 Code of Ordinances to improve the flow of information, eliminate redundant and obsolete provisions, and improve ease of use. That version of the Code came into effect in 2013. In case you were more familiar with the previous version of the Code or if you are researching a permit that was issued before March 2012, the crosswalk below explains how to cross-reference the two and answers questions like, “Where did that rule go?” Crosswalk of Code Reformatting September 2011

Download April 2011 Code of Ordinances
Download February 2013 Code of Ordinances

Short-Term Rental Neighborhood Compatibility

On October 23, 2019, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Governing Board adopted a code amendment (Ordinance No. 2019-06) adding short-term rental (STR) neighborhood compatibility as a third criterion to the Performance Review System for the distribution of residential allocations and directed staff to use Short-Term Rental Neighborhood Compatibility Guidelines during the future application of the Performance Review System (TRPA Code, Section 50.5.2.E). The Code Amendment and Guidelines were developed by a Working Group that included all Local Government and Housing Committee members, representatives from neighborhood and environmental groups, the real estate community, the building industry, and the community in general. The Working Group was established to ensure stakeholder and public interest was represented and considered throughout the process.

Performance Review System Code Amendment

Short-Term Rentals Adopting Ordinance

Short-Term Rental Neighborhood Compatibility Guidelines

Short-Term Rental Neighborhood Compatibility Guidelines

Work Program

Short-Term Rental Neighborhood Compatibility Work Program for the Tahoe Region

Performance Review System Code Amendment

Short-Term Rentals Adopting Ordinance

Short-Term Rental Neighborhood Compatibility Guidelines

Short-Term Rental Neighborhood Compatibility Guidelines

Work Program

Short-Term Rental Neighborhood Compatibility Work Program for the Tahoe Region

Local Government Activities Related to Short Term Rentals In the Lake Tahoe Basin

Local Government Best Management Practices STR Report July 17, 2019 (Updated October 24, 2019)

Meeting Dates and Materials

Meeting

Date

Agenda and Staff Summary

Minutes

Local Government

and Housing Committee

June 12, 2019

Agenda

Staff Report

Public Comment

 
Working Group July 17, 2019

Agenda

Staff Report

Public Comment

Additional Public Comment

Teleconference Notice

 
Working Group August 14, 2019

Agenda

Staff Report

Public Comment

Additional Public Comment

Teleconference Notice

 
Working Group September 25, 2019

Staff Report

Public Comment

Additional Public Comment

Teleconference Notice

 
Advisory Planning Commission October 9, 2019

APC Agenda and Staff Report

Public Comment

Agenda Item No.V.B. Supplemetal_STR Location Memo for APC_Oct. 9th

Additional Public Comment

 
Regional Plan Implementation Committee October 23, 2019    
Governing Board October 23, 2019

RPIC and Governing Board Agenda and Staff Reports

Public Comment

Additional Public Comment

 

 

Local Government Information on Short-Term Rentals

City of South Lake Tahoe
City of South Lake Tahoe Short-Term Rental Map
Permit and Enforcement Information
www.cityofslt.us/453/Vacation-Home-Rentals
City of South Lake Tahoe Interlocal Agreement

El Dorado County
Permit and Enforcement Information
bit.ly/ElDoradoVHR
El Dorado County Interlocal Agreement

Placer County
Transit Occupancy Tax Information
https://www.placer.ca.gov/1429/Transient-Occupancy-Tax-TOT
Good Neighbor Program
https://www.placer.ca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/35213/Good-Neighbor-Program-Flier
Placer County Interlocal Agreement

Douglas County
Permit and Enforcement Information
https://www.douglascountynv.gov/government/departments/community_development/vacation_home_rentals
Vacation Home Rental Task Force
https://www.douglascountynv.gov/cms/one.aspx?portalId=12493103&pageId=15523358
Douglas County Board 2004 Meeting Minutes
2005 VHR Ordinance

Washoe County
Short-Term Rentals
https://www.washoecounty.us/csd/planning_and_development/str.php
STR Code Under Development
Incline Village Board of Realtors STR Education Campaign
https://www.nltfpd.net/prevention/
Washoe County Interlocal Agreement

Reports on Short-Term Rentals

Local Government Activities Related to Vacation Home Rentals in the Lake Tahoe Basin, Dec. 13, 2017

City of South Lake Tahoe’s Socioeconomic Impacts of Vacation Home Rentals Report of 2017

Mountain Housing Council Short-Term Rental White Paper, March 2019

Tahoe Region Short-Term Rental Interactive Map

This interactive map shows the number of short-term rentals in the Tahoe Region per 100 acres. It also shows ¼ mile and ½ mile walking distance of a transit stop, ¼ mile walking distance of a major highway, the location of Town Centers, and Regional Land Uses. This map does not show the specific location of short-term rentals.

https://maps.trpa.org/portal/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=1994a163c9cb4be3932b94aeeadd1b9a

Locational Strategies for Trip Reduction

Short-Term Rental Trip Reduction Memo