Development Rights Strategic Initiative

The page provides a detailed status report for a TRPA strategic initiative. TRPA’s initiatives are designed to guide key efforts of the Agency over the five-year period from 2015 to 2020. To learn more about all strategic initiatives click here.

Strategic Plan Objective:

Accelerate Threshold Attainment

Strategic Initiative Description:

Formerly known as the Commodities Strategic Initiative, the Development Rights Strategic Initiative gives TRPA the opportunity to identify barriers for environmentally beneficial redevelopment and a chance to evaluate the effectiveness of the system in implementing the Regional Plan, managing growth, supporting environmentally beneficial redevelopment, and accelerating sensitive land restoration.

The Lake Tahoe Region has unique development rights; these include commercial floor area, tourist accommodation units, existing residential units, residential development rights and allocations, land coverage, and restoration credits. The system for allocating development rights (or commodities) and the Transfer of Development Rights Program are central elements of TRPA’s growth management system.

Strategic Initiative General Process/Approach:

This initiative will evaluate and potentially modify the current transferable development rights system to make it more effective in achieving environmentally beneficial redevelopment.

Work program phases:

  1. Includes stakeholder assessment, work program, data updates, and factsheets.
  2. Initiates the working group process which recommends the mission and scope, desired system criteria that can be used to evaluate alternatives, assessment of existing policies and best practices, the identification of alternatives, the evaluation of alternatives, and concludes with the selection of the preferred alternative.
  3. Review and adoption of the changes identified in phase two.
  4. Dependent on earlier phases.

Work Program:

To move forward, TRPA will use a working group approach and work program that was approved by the TRPA Governing Board on July 27, 2016. The Development Rights Work Program includes priorities, tasks, and a collaborative approach to serve as the blueprint for moving forward with the Development Rights Strategic Initiative in four phases. Click here to read the full work program. 

Development Rights Working Group 1 Meeting Materials:

The first development rights working group meeting is planned for 10 am until 1 pm on September 7th, 2016, at the TRPA office (128 Market Street, Stateline, NV). Members of the public are welcome.

Working Group Process Used to Guide Best Practices Research and Alternatives Development:

Beginning in August 2016, phase two work will kick off the working group process. The working group, including the Regional Plan Implementation Committee  members and key stakeholder  interests, will provide  guidance on  the  scope, desired system criteria that can be used to evaluate alternatives, recommendations at key  junctures,  and  will  serve  as  a forum  to  address  problems. Phase two work also includes an assessment of current conditions and best practices and the development of alternatives.  Alternatives  will  be  determined  based  on  best  practices research  that  will  be  conducted  by  both  TRPA  staff  and  external resources  (e.g.,  consultants,  contract  researchers,  etc.). The goals for phase two are to outline existing policies, learn best practices  from other  jurisdictions  to  inform  the  development  of  alternatives,  identify a  range  of  alternatives,  and  recommend a preferred alternative.


Factsheets and Background Material:

All materials above are in draft form and may be updated to improve the understanding and quality of the information.

Stakeholder Assessment

A stakeholder assessment, completed in February 2016, shaped the work program. TRPA interviewed 55 stakeholders to identify the main issues and needs related to the development rights system. This important step helped to identify themes related to commonly discussed concerns and opportunities for system improvements, as well as preferences related to education and process.