Tahoe Truckee Region Local News: Land Use & Development


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Image caption: The 1965 law known as the Williamson Act has been responsible for keeping about half of California's farmland out of the hands of developers.
The Williamson Act: How the Law That Protects California’s Farmland Works

The Williamson Act, passed in 1965, now keeps more than 16 million acres of farmland out of the hands of developers. Here's how the law puts the brakes on the development of California agricultural properties.

Image caption: Does California’s signature environmental law protect the state’s scenic beauty, or cause more problems than it solves?
CEQA: The Surprising Story of CA’s Key Environmental Law

The California Environmental Quality Act, CEQA, is both the state’s signature environmental legislation, and is also often named as the villain in the state’s housing shortage. But the story may not be that simple.

Image caption: The Baldwin Hills area in South Los Angeles is one region where a state conservancy would keep open land accessible to the public.
California’s 10 State Conservancies: How They Protect Parks and Open Land

How California’s 10 state conservancies buy up open land and shield it from developers to preserve the natural environment for public use.

Image caption: Since 1972, the California Coastal Commission has ruled over the state’s shoreline.
California Coastal Commission: Where It Comes From, What It Does

What is the California Coastal Commission? How one of the state’s most powerful agency protects public access to the state’s scenic coast from Mexico to Oregon.

Image caption: How California reclamation districts turned millions of acres of wetlands into fertile agricultural land, starting in the earliest days of the Gold Rush.
Reclamation Districts: Turning ‘Swamps’ Into Farmland

California has used reclamation districts to turn millions of acres of unusable swamps into fertile agricultural land, starting in the earliest days of the Gold Rush. Here’s how it happened.

Image caption: Zoning laws tell you what you can and can't build on the property you own. How does government get away with that?
How Zoning Laws Shape California and Society

Zoning laws determine what can be built and where. These laws have shaped California, but are they really just tools for social engineering? The history of zoning is closely tied to racial segregation, as well as the state's shortage of …

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07/15/2024
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Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team reminds homeowners of the importance of creating and maintaining defensible space. University of Nevada, Reno Extension’s Living With Fire Program published a new Living With Fire Defensible Space Guide on how to keep resident spaces safe.

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07/11/2024
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Senator Catherine Cortez Masto's (D-Nev.) legislation to extend the authorization of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act for 10 years passed the Senate on July 10.

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07/05/2024
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The winter of 2022-23 was one for the record books, and all that snow helped make for a great ski season, filled our lakes, and brought about a great summer wildflower show. But also left Truckee Donner Land Trust with a little cleanup last summer.

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07/02/2024
Nearly every major environmental group in California opposes a bill that would modify the state’s signature environmental law to speed up upgrades to power lines. Supporters say it would help free the state from fossil fuels and make the grid more reliable, but opponents fear it would damage state parks.

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06/29/2024
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The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is scheduled to begin mechanical forest thinning (fuels reduction) on Monday, July 1, 2024, on approximately 355 acres located on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe near Blackwood Canyon and Paige Meadows.

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06/28/2024
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The Tahoe Sierra is an adventureland of fun family friendly activities to enjoy from easy hiking trails to free concerts, movies and shows.

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06/28/2024
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Tahoe Fund is launching a fundraising campaign to fill a $200,000 funding gap in California Tahoe Conservancy’s efforts to demolish the Motel 6 building, restaurant and parking lot that sit within the Upper Truckee River watershed in South Lake Tahoe.

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06/28/2024
Image for display with article titled Proposed Sawmill and Glulam Factory Near Truckee Sparks Community Response

A proposed industrial development, including a sawmill and Glulam factory, has elicited significant concern among local residents.

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06/27/2024
Image for display with article titled Forest Service Begins Restoration Activities at Burke Creek

In April 2024, the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit in partnership with the Nevada Tahoe Conservation District, issued the final decision for restoration activities to restore the natural function of Burke Creek and Rabe Meadow.

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06/26/2024
Image for display with article titled Sierra Pacific Industries to Close Public Access to California Forestlands Due to Wildfire Risk

Due to the increasing risk of wildfires, Sierra Pacific Industries will close its California forestlands to public access beginning Fri., June 28. SPI has forestlands in the Coldstream Creek and Martis Peak areas, along with the Jackson Meadows area.

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06/26/2024
Image for display with article titled Placer County Supervisors Approve Short-Term Rental Ordinance Amendments

The Placer County Supervisors discussed several basin issues and topics during their quarterly Lake Tahoe meeting on Tuesday, June 26.

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06/26/2024
Image for display with article titled Truckee Town Council Discusses Pioneer Commerce Center Building Appeal

The Truckee Town Council met on Tuesday, June 25, to discuss the appeal of Pioneer Commerce Center Building.

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06/25/2024
Image for display with article titled Tahoe Conservancy Awards $220,000 to Support Washoe Tribal Involvement in Environmental Planning, Restoration at Tahoe

At its meeting last week, the California Tahoe Conservancy Board awarded a $220,000 grant to help fund the creation of a new Lake Tahoe Basin liaison position for the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.

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06/25/2024
A push to bolster housing production in California's coastal communities in recent years has led to heated battles over potential state reforms. Below, a veteran elected official believes the debate has created a false choice between housing and protections. The opposing view: A former attorney for the Coastal Commission says the state Coastal Act has failed to deliver on what it envisioned.

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06/21/2024
Image for display with article titled Donkey Town and El Burro Trails to Close for Cabin Creek Forest Restoration Project

According to the Truckee Dirt Union the Donkey Town and El Burro trail closures are expected to begin as early as next week, and will remain closed for the remainder of 2024.

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06/21/2024
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Councilmembers made two small changes to an informational report on the citizen-initiated vacancy tax ballot measure before approving the report at their meeting Tuesday night, June 18.

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06/20/2024
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There is no better place than Lake Tahoe during summer. Clear skies, warm sand, and clean, blue water greet hundreds of thousands of fun-seekers. But it doesn't stay that way all by itself.

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06/20/2024
On June 19, California YIMBY announced support for the California Forever project going to the Solano County ballot in November.

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06/18/2024
Image for display with article titled Tahoe Fund Launches Fundraising Campaign to Demolish Former Motel 6

The Tahoe Fund is launching a fundraising campaign to support one of the most important restoration projects in Lake Tahoe's history.

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06/18/2024
Image for display with article titled Truckee, North Tahoe, Meeks Bay Fire Initiate 2024 Burn Ban as Summer Travel Ramps Up

The Truckee Fire Protection District, along with North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire Protection Districts have announced a regional burn ban is in effect for the 2024 wildfire season.

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