3 Environs 1 (1979)

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February, 1979
ENVIRONS, a non-partisan environmental
law/natural resources newsletter publish-
ed by King Hall School of Law, and edited
by the Environmental Law Society, Univer-
sity of California, Davis.
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Kathi Beaumont
Christy Bliss
Woody Brooks
Ginny Cahill
Bill Cunningham
Bill Deller
Robert Derham
Sue Diamondstone
Diane Dillon
Judy Duke
Danni Dunn
Chris Elms
Robert Farrell
Scott Finley
Barb Fitzmaurice
Martha Fox
Anne Frassetto
Jeff Holmes
Sam linperati
Bruce Klafter
Michael Kramer
Barb Malchick
Tim Needham
Shar Rezabek
Donald Segerstrom
Wendy Thomson
Dick Tomoda
Bruce Waggoner
George Wailes
Debbie Webster
Sandra Wicks
Barry Ziskin
Harrison C. Dunning Faculty
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February 1979 UCE Environmental Law 5ociety

A Second
The newly proposed California-Nevada compact governing the Lake
Tahoe Basin is a compromise, reflecting the concerns of environmen-
talists as well as the construction and gaming industries. As written, the
new compact significantly restructures the Tahoe Regional Planning
Agency (TRPA), a bistate agency statutorily charged with the duty of
protecting the environment of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
History and Current Status of the TRPA
The TRPA was originally formed in 1970, pursuant to a Congressionally
approved compact between California and Nevada. Through the
development and administration of a regional plan and land use
ordinance, it was anticipated that TRPA could successfully balance
human use of the basin with the fragile ecology of the alpine area.
California and Nevada each provided five delegates to sit on the TRPA
governing board; three members represented local governments within
the Tahoe Basin and two members represented the state at large. All
major public and private construction projects within the basin were
required to be reviewed and approved by the TRPA governing board
before actual development could take place.
In the past eight years, TRPA's efforts have received increasingly
critical attention. Representatives of county and city governments in the
basin claim that TRPA's land use ordinance imposes such severe land use
restrictions that it threatens to harm the gaming, recreation and
construction industries - the basin's economic base. TRPA is also viewed
by local citizens as an intrusive governmental body which is unrespon-
sive to concerns of the basin's year-round residents. Environmentalists
attack TRPA as an ineffective protector of Lake Tahoe, blaming the
predominance of local representatives on the agency's governing board
for the approval of many large condominium and hotel-casino projects.
The interests of each state in Lake Tahoe often assumed conflicting
positions. Nevada seeks to protect the established gaming industry at the
lake and to ensure Tahoe's future as a gambling resort. Alarmed at the
rapid spillover of casino support services and second home construction
into its jurisdiction, California seeks to prevent overly rapid development
from destroying the Lake's value as a scenic mountain area.
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