Preserve. Protect. Conserve.


Regional and local land use:

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Lake Tahoe Regional Plan was amended in 2012 to encourage larger and more dense development in areas closest to Lake Tahoe (notably where pavement and buildings have the greatest impact on water clarity). Additional amendments are being contemplated through TRPA’s Strategic Plan, which identifies ten “Strategic Initiatives” to be completed between 2015-2020.


Although numerous other plans and projects affecting development in our area have already been approved, some are still in the planning stages or subject to litigation. In addition, future proposed projects are required to perform adequate environmental review and comply with all regulations. FOWS will continue to advocate for the best available science and planning. Check out our visual representation of additional development already in the works from various projects and plans in our region (image on right).



Local Area/Community Plans:

Stemming from the approved 2012 TRPA Regional Plan Update, local plans for West Shore communities are being developed by the counties. Learn more.



Other West Shore issues:

  • Significant new projects and activities along Tahoe’s West and North shores and in adjacent areas will mean more traffic and pollution along the West Shore. Projects include the Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan, the Martis Valley West Specific Plan, several projects at Northstar and in/around Truckee, and increases associated with the Placer County Tahoe Basin Area Plan.
  • About two years after Earthjustice filed a lawsuit on behalf of Friends of the West Shore and the Sierra Club, a settlement was reached regarding the expansion of the Homewood Mountain Resort. However, a 2016 decision by the court from a lawsuit by another plaintiff identifies the failure of the environmental review to identify and evaluate impacts to emergency evacuation and access along the West Shore. As a result of this other lawsuit, the “Homewood Evacuation and Life Safety Report” was developed.
  • Additional projects and proposed land use plan amendments have the potential to affect the West Shore and Tahoe/Truckee region (updates are regularly provided in our bi-monthly newsletters).



Residents, Homeowner Associations, and Interested Groups:

We would greatly appreciate hearing from residents, local homeowner associations, and concerned Lake Tahoe groups. We rely on you as members of our West Shore communities to develop our initiatives and future efforts. We hope to hear from you soon.


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