Gov. Brown approves bill on planning for Lake Tahoe

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation renewing California’s partnership with Nevada to a plan aimed at preserving Lake Tahoe and the surrounding region.

The bill commits California to cooperating with Nevada in seeking congressional amendments to the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact, including repeal of Nevada’s planned withdrawal from the compact in 2015 and California’s proposal to reestablish a California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency in 2014.

“Today, California reaffirmed its longstanding partnership with the state of Nevada to protect and enhance the beauty of Lake Tahoe,” Brown said in a statement.


SB 630 by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) also requires the Tahoe agency to consider economic conditions in the Lake Tahoe Basin in adopting and implementing regional plans, and establishes a burden of proof for anyone challenging a regional plan or agency decisions.

“Nevada and California have a long history of working together to protect Lake Tahoe and this new law ensures that legacy of collaboration will continue,” said Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval in a statement. “Lake Tahoe truly is the Jewel of the Sierra and with the signing of this law both states can continue to ensure the protection of the environment and help enhance the economy of the region.”

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency was created more than four decades ago to oversee development at Lake Tahoe. Congress ratified the compact between the two states in 1969.


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