Law:Title 7.5. California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (California)

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Chapter 1. Findings And Declarations Of Policy

Ca Codes (gov:67000-67002) Government Code Section 67000-67002



67000. It is found and declared that the waters of Lake Tahoe and other resources of the Lake Tahoe region are threatened with deterioration or degeneration, which may endanger the natural beauty and economic productivity of the region.

67001. It is further declared that by virtue of the special conditions and circumstances of the natural ecology, developmental pattern, population distribution and human needs in the Lake Tahoe region, the region is experiencing problems of resource use and deficiencies of environmental control.


67002. It is further found and declared that there is a need to maintain an equilibrium between the regions' natural endowment and its manmade environment, to preserve the scenic beauty and recreational opportunities of the region, and it is recognized that for the purpose of enhancing the efficiency and governmental effectiveness of the region, it is imperative that there be established an areawide planning agency with power to adopt and enforce a regional plan of resource conservation and orderly development, to exercise effective environmental controls and to perform other essential functions, as enumerated in this title.


Chapter 2. Definitions

Ca Codes (gov:67020-67025) Government Code Section 67020-67025



67020. Unless the context otherwise requires, the definitions and general provisions set forth in this chapter govern the construction of this title.

67021. "Region" includes that part of Lake Tahoe within the jurisdiction of the State of California, the adjacent parts of the Counties of El Dorado and Placer lying within the Tahoe Basin in the State of California, and that additional and adjacent part of the County of Placer outside of the Tahoe Basin in the State of California which lies southward and eastward of a line starting at the intersection of the basin crestline and the north boundary of Section 1, thence west to the northwest corner of Section 3, thence south to the intersection of the basin crestline and the west boundary of Section 10; all sections referring to Township 15 North, Range 16 East, MDB&M. The region defined and described herein shall be as precisely delineated on official maps of the agency.


67022. "Agency" means the California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

67023. "Governing body" means the governing board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.


67024. "Regional plan" shall mean the long-term general plan for the development of the region.


67025. "Interim plan" shall mean the interim regional plan adopted pending the adoption of the regional plan.


Chapter 3. California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

Article 1. Organization

Ca Codes (gov:67040-67050) Government Code Section 67040-67050



67040. There is created the California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency as a separate legal entity and as a political subdivision of the State of California. It is the intent of the Legislature that the agency be considered a "political subdivision" as that term is used in Article VI of the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact.


67041. The governing body of the agency shall be constituted as follows: (a) One member appointed by the Board of Supervisors of the Counties of El Dorado and Placer, and one member appointed by the City Council of the City of South Lake Tahoe. Each of the members of the governing board shall be a member of the city council, or county board of supervisors he represents, and, in the case of a supervisor shall be a resident of a county supervisorial district lying wholly or partly within the region. (b) Two members appointed by the Governor of California subject to Senate confirmation, who shall not be residents of the basin and shall represent the public at large. One of such members shall be chosen from among residents of the 10 southernmost counties in the state and one from among the residents of the remaining counties. (c) One member appointed by the six other members appointed pursuant to this section. The member so appointed shall serve as the permanent chairman of the agency and shall serve at the pleasure of the other members. In the event such membership becomes vacant and the vacancy is not filled by the other members within 30 days, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment of the Governor. (d) The Secretary of the California Resources Agency or his designee.


67042. The members of the agency shall serve without compensation, but the expenses of each member shall be met by the body which he represents in accordance with the law of that body. All other expenses incurred by the governing body in the course of exercising the powers conferred upon it by this title unless met in some other manner specifically provided, shall be paid by the agency out of its own funds.


67042.1. When any member of the agency has a direct personal financial interest in a matter officially coming before the agency he shall disclose the fact of his interest and abstain from participation in any discussion of or vote upon the matter.


67043. The term of office of the members of the governing body shall be at the pleasure of the appointing authority in each case.


67044. The governing body of the agency shall meet at least monthly.

67045. The position of a member of the governing body shall be considered vacated upon his loss of any of the qualifications required for his appointment and in such event the appointing authority shall appoint a successor.


67047. The governing body shall elect from its own members a chairman and vice chairman, whose terms of office shall be two years, and who shall be subject to reelections, provided that a new chairman or vice chairman may be elected by the agency before the expiration of the two-year term for the fulfillment of that two-year term.


67048. A majority of the members of the governing body shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of the business of the agency. A majority vote of the members of the governing body present shall be binding; provided, that the vote of each member of the governing body shall be individually recorded. The governing body shall adopt its own rules and regulations and procedures.


67049. A technical advisory committee shall be appointed by the agency. The committee shall include but shall not be limited to: the chief planning officers of Placer County, El Dorado County, and the City of South Lake Tahoe, the Placer County Director of Sanitation, the El Dorado County Director of Sanitation, executive officer of the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board or his designee, and the executive officer of the California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency who shall act as chairman.


67050. The agency shall establish and maintain an office within the region. The agency may rent or own property and equipment.


Article 2. Personnel

Ca Codes (gov:67060-67061) Government Code Section 67060-67061



67060. The governing body shall determine the qualification of, and it shall appoint and fix the salary of, the executive officer of the agency, and shall employ such other staff as may be necessary to execute the powers and functions provided for under this act or in accordance with any intergovernmental contracts or agreements the agency may be responsible for administering.


67061. The governing body may contract with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency for the services of such staff of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency as may be needed to execute the powers, functions, and duties of the agency provided for under this act or in accordance with any intergovernmental contract or agreement.



Article 3. Planning

Ca Codes (gov:67070-67072) Government Code Section 67070-67072



67070. (a) Within 18 months after the formation of the agency, the agency shall prepare, adopt and review and maintain a comprehensive long-term general plan for the development of the Tahoe region, referred to as the "regional plan"; provided that, when the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact becomes effective the time for preparation of the regional plan shall be extended so that it coincides with the date upon which the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency must submit its regional plan. The regional plan shall consist of a diagram, or diagrams, and text, or texts setting forth the projects and proposals for implementation of the regional plan, a description of the needs and goals of the region and a statement of the policies, standards and elements of the regional plan. (b) The regional plan shall include the following correlated elements: (1) A land-use plan for the integrated arrangement and general location and extent of, and the criteria and standards for, the uses of land, water, air, space and other natural resources within the region, including but not limited to, an indication or allocation of maximum population densities. (2) A transportation plan for the integrated development of a regional system of transportation, including but not limited to, freeways, parkways, highways, transportation facilities, transit routes, waterways, navigation and aviation aids and facilities, and appurtenant terminals and facilities for the movement of people and goods within the region. (3) A conservation plan for the preservation, development, utilization, and management of the scenic and other natural resources within the basin, including but not limited to soils, shoreline and submerged lands, scenic corridors along transportation routes, open spaces, recreational and historical facilities. (4) A recreation plan for the development, utilization, and management of the recreational resources of the region, including but not limited to, wilderness and forested lands, parks and parkways, riding and hiking trails, beaches and playgrounds, marinas and other recreational facilities. (5) A public services and facilities plan for the general location, scale and provision of public services and facilities, which, by the nature of their function, size, extent and other characteristics are necessary or appropriate for inclusion in the regional plan.

67071. In formulating and maintaining the regional plan, the agency shall take account of and shall seek to harmonize the needs of the region as a whole, the plans of the counties and cities within the region, the plans and planning activities of the state, federal and other public agencies and nongovernmental agencies and organizations which affect or are concerned with planning and development within the region. Where necessary for the realization of the regional plan, the agency may engage in collaborative planning with local governmental jurisdictions located outside the region, but contiguous to its boundaries. In formulating and implementing the regional plan, the agency shall seek the cooperation and consider the recommendations of counties and cities and other agencies of local government, of state and federal agencies, of educational institutions and research organizations, whether public or private, and of civic groups and private individuals.


67072. All provisions of the Tahoe regional general plan shall be enforced by the agency and by the counties and cities in the region.


Article 4. Tahoe Regional Interim Plan

Ca Codes (gov:67073-67076) Government Code Section 67073-67076



67073. Within 90 days after the formation of the agency and after at least one public hearing, the governing body shall review the testimony and recommendations presented at such hearing and shall adopt a regional interim plan.

67074. The interim plan shall consist of statements of development policies, criteria and standards for planning and development, of plans or portions of plans, and projects and planning decisions, which the agency finds it necessary to adopt and administer on an interim basis in accordance with the substantive powers granted to it in this agreement.


67075. The agency shall maintain the data, maps and other information developed in the course of formulating and administering the regional plan and interim plan, in a form suitable to assure a consistent view of developmental trends and other relevant information for the availability of and use by other agencies of government and by private organizations and individuals concerned.


67076. All provisions of the interim plan shall be enforced by the agency and by the counties and cities.


Chapter 4. Agency's Powers

Ca Codes (gov:67100-67109) Government Code Section 67100-67109



67100. The agency shall adopt all necessary ordinances, rules, regulations and policies to effectuate the adopted regional and interim plans. The regulations shall contain general, regional standards including but not limited to the following: subdivision; zoning; tree removal; solid waste disposal; sewage disposal; land fills, excavations, cuts and grading; piers; harbors, breakwaters; or channels and other shoreline developments; waste disposal in shoreline areas; waste disposal from boats; mobilehome parks; house relocation; outdoor advertising; flood plain protection; soil and sedimentation control; air pollution; and watershed protection.


67100.1. Whenever, under the provisions of this title, or any ordinance, rule or regulation or policy adopted pursuant thereto, the agency is required to review or approve any proposal, public or private, the agency shall take final action, either to approve, to require modification, or to reject such proposal within 60 days after such proposal is delivered to the agency.


67101. Interim regulations shall be adopted within 90 days from the formation of the agency and final regulations within 18 months after the formation of the agency.


67102. All ordinances, rules, regulations and policies adopted by the agency shall be enforced by the agency, and by the counties and cities.

67103. All public works projects shall be reviewed prior to construction and approved by the agency as to the project's compliance with the adopted regional general plan.


67103.1. All public works projects submitted to the agency for review and approval must receive the agency's approval before they can be submitted to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.


67104. All public works projects for which state or federal funds are requested shall be approved by the agency as to the project's compliance with the adopted regional plan prior to submission of application to the state or federal agency.


67105. The agency shall police the region to ensure compliance with the general plan and adopted ordinances, rules, regulations and policies. If it is found that the general plan, or ordinances, rules, regulations and policies are not being enforced by a local jurisdiction, the agency may bring action in a court of competent jurisdiction to ensure compliance.


67106. Violation of any ordinance of the agency is a misdemeanor.


67107. The agency is hereby empowered to initiate, negotiate and participate in contracts and agreements among the local governmental authorities of the region, or any other intergovernmental contracts or agreements authorized by state or federal law.


67108. Each intergovernmental contract or agreement shall provide for its own funding and staffing, but this shall not preclude financial contributions from the local authorities concerned or from supplementary sources.

67109. Whenever a new city is formed within the region, the membership of the governing body shall be increased by one additional member appointed by, and who shall be a member of, the legislative body of the new city. Whenever the membership of the governing body is increased by the addition of a member representing a new city in the region, there shall be appointed by the Governor an additional member representing the public at large who shall not be a resident of the region.



Chapter 5. Finances

Ca Codes (gov:67120-67125) Government Code Section 67120-67125



67120. On or before December 30 of each calendar year the agency shall establish the amount of money necessary to support its activities for the next succeeding fiscal year commencing July 1 of the following year and transmit a request for that amount to the Legislature.


67121. The agency may fix and collect fees for any services rendered by it.

67122. The agency shall be strictly accountable to any county in the region for all funds paid by it to the agency and shall be strictly accountable to all participating bodies for all receipts and disbursements.

67123. The agency is authorized to receive gifts, donations, subventions, grants, and other financial aids and funds.


67124. If any provision of this title or the application thereof to any person or circumstances is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of the title which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this title are severable.


67125. For purposes of the annual budget process, the agency shall be provided a baseline adjustment equivalent to fund California's two-thirds share for any increase in employee compensation or cost-of-living adjustment, in the same manner as applied to state agencies. In those instances where the methodology for determining this adjustment differs from standard state budget practices, the agency and the Department of Finance shall work together on an agreed application of this section.


Chapter 6. Dissolution And Deactivation

Ca Codes (gov:67130-67132) Government Code Section 67130-67132



67130. The state may dissolve the California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency by enacting a statute repealing this title.


67131. On the effective date of the ordinances, rules and regulations adopted pursuant to Section (a) of Article V, of the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact (as set forth in Title 7.4 (commencing with Section 66801)) in order to implement the revisions in such compact, including the revisions in the Lake Tahoe Regional Plan, adopted at the 1979-1980 Regular Session of the Legislature, no further state funds shall be expended for the support of the California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the provisions of this title shall no longer be enforced. At any time thereafter, the provisions of this title may be reactivated if state funds are specifically appropriated for such purposes, at which time the provisions of this title shall have full force and effect.


67132. (a) The Legislature finds that on the date on which the agency is deactivated, as provided in Section 67131, various matters involving the agency, such as litigation, and arrangements for disposition of agency assets, will be pending and unresolved. In order to provide for bringing such matters to an orderly, timely, and equitable conclusion, the Legislature hereby declares that it is necessary to designate a successor to the agency for the sole and exclusive purpose of winding up these matters. (b) For the sole and exclusive purpose of winding up such matters as may be pending and unresolved when the agency is deactivated as provided in Section 67131, the Secretary of the Resources Agency is hereby designated as the legal successor to the agency. For this sole purpose, the Secretary of the Resources Agency shall have the same powers and duties as the agency and the members of the governing body thereof, and all the following additional powers and duties: (1) To exchange, sell, or otherwise dispose of all property, of the deactivated agency. (2) To compromise and settle claims of every nature. (3) To sue and be sued in the same manner and to the same extent as the deactivated agency and the members of the governing body thereof. (4) To have custody of and responsibility for, the disposition of the records of the agency. In this connection the Secretary of the Resources Agency may at his or her discretion, transfer to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency any agency records which are not needed for purposes of winding up agency matters which may be pending and unresolved. The powers and duties specified in this subdivision shall commence on the date on which the agency is deactivated, as provided in Section 67131, and shall continue thereafter until such time as the affairs of the agency have been completely wound up. (c) The Secretary of the Resources Agency shall designate an agent to serve as his or her administrative representative within the region for the convenience of persons having a need to contact the secretary with respect to matters which may be pending and unresolved when the agency is deactivated. The agency shall be either the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency or one or more of the cities or counties within the region, provided that the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency or the respective cities and counties agree and consent thereto. The agency shall not exercise independent discretion with respect to matters associated with winding up pending and unresolved matters, but shall perform only those functions specifically authorized by the Secretary of the Resources Agency. (d) In all legal matters and litigation arising from the delegation of powers and duties to the Secretary of the Resources Agency pursuant to subdivision (b), the secretary shall be represented by the Attorney General. In addition, after deactivation of the agency has occurred, the Attorney General shall also represent any former member of the governing body of the agency or former agency employee for purposes of Sections 825 and 995. The cost of the representation required by this subdivision shall be a charge against the budget of the Secretary of the Resources Agency and funds therefor shall be included in the secretary's budget. (e) All assets of the agency shall be held by the Secretary of the Resources Agency to satisfy claims against the agency or against former board members or employees thereof as provided in Sections 825 and 995. When all such claims have been satisfied, any remaining assets shall be transferred to the General Fund. (f) Nothing in this section shall be construed as creating any liability on behalf of the State of California for any act or omission of the agency.


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