Shoreline Initiative

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Strategic Plan Objective:

Be a Leader in Sustainability, Use Best Science

Strategic Initiative Description:

This initiative includes two distinct components that are based on a common planning baseline (conditions and assumptions).

  • The Shorezone Plan and Code component will update the dated prohibition on new structures in fish habitat and policies governing access and recreation. If necessary due to continuing drought conditions, public safety and health-related access issues will be addressed on an accelerated schedule.
  • The Nearshore Water Quality component will enhance the understanding of the ecosystem dynamics of the nearshore and explore potential policy changes, especially given the alternative climate change scenarios. TRPA will work with the existing nearshore agency and science working groups and the new Bi-State Science Advisory Council on nearshore science inquiries.
    Shoreline Triangle
    The common shoreline conditions and assumptions will include the most recent inventories of boat ramps, piers, buoys, permits, pier head line, dredging and related access data; climate change scenarios developed for the Bureau of Reclamation Truckee Basin Study and any other available scenarios; the vulnerability and climate change readiness assessment from the Sustainability Action Plan; and related information.
    The planning baseline information will be compiled largely through a collaborative staff effort led by TRPA and will use existing data sources. As mentioned above, these data will include boat ramps, piers, buoys, and related tabular and mapped information. The climate change scenarios included in the Bureau of Reclamation Truckee Basin Study were recently completed by the Desert Research Institute. TRPA will also identify any other climate scenarios that are available. The vulnerability and climate change readiness assessment may be used for this initiative as well as for other areas of vulnerability including, but not limited to, forest health, aquatic invasive species, infrastructure, and economic development.

Strategic Initiative Desired Outcomes:

Policies and code that ensure public access and an environmentally healthy nearshore in a variety of climate conditions.

Strategic Initiative General Process/Approach:

The approach and process that will be used for each component of this process will vary.

  • The Shorezone Plan and Code component will include conducting a collaborative planning process and performing the appropriate environmental analysis that will result in Regional Plan and Code amendments. As part of the collaborative planning process, decisions related to adequacy of the planning baseline information, schedule and scope of issues, and which policy options to pursue will be made by the RPIC. Periodic updates will be provided to appropriate groups including the APC and TRPA Governing Board. The APC and RPIC will review the proposed Plan and Code amendments and make recommendations to the TRPA Governing Board regarding adoption of those amendments.
  • The Nearshore Water Quality component will utilize the existing process and stakeholder groups (Nearshore Agency Working Group and Nearshore Science Team) and be coordinated with the newly created Bi-State Science Advisory Council. This work will involve further scientific investigation of the condition of the nearshore and development of key policy recommendations for TRPA consideration.


Strategic Initiative Teams:

Team Member Email Phone
Brandy McMahon (Team Lead) (775) 589-5274
Lucia Maloney (775) 589-5324
Dan Segan (775) 589-5233
Alex Quintero (775) 589-5209

Strategic Initiative Budget:

Year FY 2015/16 FY 2016/17 FY 2017/18 FY 2018/19 FY 2019/20
Total Budget $181,3451 $174,9241 $374,9241 $374,9241 $116,211

Notes: 1. Includes contract expenditures.

Strategic Initiative Schedule:

Shoreline Timeline

Strategic Initiative Dashboard:

Major Milestones FY 15/16 FY 16/17 FY 17/18 FY 19/10
Advisory Planning Commision
Regional Plan Implementation Committee
Governing Board

Green: Schedule on or ahead of target, progress being made
Yellow: Schedule behind target, but progress is still being made
Red: Schedule behind target, needs urgent attention