TRPA was created as a regional agency because the Lake Tahoe watershed crosses a number of state and local political boundaries.
The Compact created a 15-member Governing Board, seven from California, seven from Nevada and one non-voting Presidential Appointee.
Six members, who are locally elected officials or their designees, represent the units of local government. The Compact provides for a majority of the seats to be held by citizens from outside the Tahoe Region who represent at-large voters from the two states. This ensures that the Board reviews issues not only from a local perspective, but also from statewide and nationwide viewpoints.
The 19-member Advisory Planning Commission assists the Governing Board with technical and scientific issues. The Commission is made up of local planners, general members of the community and other representatives who are experts in their fields.
The Governing Board’s mandate is to set policy and to approve amendments to the Regional Plan. Each month, the Governing Board and Advisory Planning Commission hold open meetings and encourage the public to take an active role in the decision-making process.
The TRPA staff works diligently to gather the most current scientific data and other related information about issues facing Lake Tahoe. Each month, that information is presented to the TRPA Governing Board at its regularly scheduled public meeting. It is the responsibility of the Governing Board to use that data along with public input to make decisions and create regulations that protect the health and quality of Lake Tahoe.