TRPA Streamlined Permitting in Tahoe

by Placerville Newswire / Jan 23, 2020 / comments

[Carla B. Hass]

PLACERVILLE, CA – Starting January 28, 2020, El Dorado County will begin processing additional permits on behalf of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA), saving property and business owners money and time.

Protecting Lake Tahoe’s environment is the paramount goal of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA).

A TRPA permit is required for most construction projects inside the Lake Tahoe Basin. This runs the gamut from the addition of a new deck to a sign for a new business. In addition to the residential permitting that the El Dorado county already performs on TRPA’s behalf, the county’s Community Development Services Department will now offer a one-stop shop for customers requiring TRPA permits for certain commercial and multifamily projects located in the county.

Services will include TRPA verifications to determine a property’s development potential, qualified exempt activity permits for minor exterior and interior improvements, and permits for new signs and temporary activities. El Dorado County staff are available to shepherd projects through the entire project review process, ranging from conceptual project design to permitting and inspections.

“Streamlining more TPRA permits is a huge time saver for our property and business owners,” said Sue Novasel, El Dorado County District V Supervisor. “Our staff is trained and ready to help customers process their projects.”

“A core principle of the 2012 TRPA Regional Plan was to streamline permitting at Lake Tahoe, while still protecting the environment,” said Joanne Marchetta, TRPA’s Executive Director. “This is an important step in support of the local economy and public service.”

TRPA will continue to process all permitting for lakefront developments, as well as large commercial, recreation, and tourism development projects. All projects, regardless of size, requiring an environmental impact statement will continue to be permitted by TRPA.

El Dorado County Community Development Services is located at 924 B Emerald Bay Road in South Lake Tahoe and at 2850 Fairlane Court in Placerville, California. For more information, please call (530) 573-3330 or go to www.edcgov.us/Government/building.

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 Chris Larson, Public Information Officer, at 775-589-5278.