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 took place on Sept. 7, 2016, at the TRPA office (128 Market Street, Stateline, NV).

Development Rights Working Group 2 Meeting Materials:

The second development rights working group meeting is planned for 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 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.