The Smarter Region initiative is aimed at bringing our region together in support of economic development by aligning our community around a shared vision of the future and by using data to foster informed decision-making. TMRPA was recommended by IBM to lead the effort to harness the region’s data in service of an information driven approach to government. Read more
In order for our community to achieve a sustainable tomorrow it is important that we make the best decisions we can today. Our ability to make good decisions is greatly enhanced when data and information about our region are brought to bear. By applying our knowledge of current costs and considerations for diverse development types, we can model future impacts to infrastructure, natural resources and public services that will vary depending on how we grow our community. With support from the Western Regional Water Commission, TMRPA is coordinating a technical approach to building and testing scenarios for the express purpose of evaluating the sustainability of different growth patterns and to provide those findings to our community’s decision makers.
Regional Economic Resource Portal
The Regional Economic Resource Portal is a map-based data viewing tool that provides our partners at the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) information about existing businesses here in the Truckee Meadows. The portal allows the user to research relevant business attributes such as industry type, number of employees and business location through. This tool provides a valuable resource to EDAWN’s business attraction and retention efforts.
Approved Future Units
As part of our effort to create, maintain and provide geographic information about growth in the Truckee Meadows, we have undertaken the task of compiling a parcel-based accounting of all existing entitlements in the Truckee Meadows region. This includes delineation of vacant parcels with final map status, tentative maps and planned unit developments (PUD). We have spent considerable time compiling a spatial representation of the individual, residential density categories from all PUDs in the Truckee Meadows. These data are integral to the accuracy of our spatial prediction of projected growth. For a more in depth look at Approved Future Units, check out our page here.
Population and Employment Modeling
TMRPA’s population and employment model (PEM) has become the official method for spatial disaggregation of future population in the Truckee Meadows. The PEM uses the adopted population and job projections from the Washoe County Consensus Forecast as a starting point and then employs a suite of geospatial variables, which relate to development, to predict future development at the parcel level. These spatial predictions are then used by partner organizations such as the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) and Northern Nevada Water Planning Commission (NNWPC) in the creation of their long-range plans.
RTC Shared Work Program
TMRPA has entered the third year of a shared services program with the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC). Under the existing interlocal agreement TMRPA provides GIS and research support to many facets of the RTC organization, including; planning, engineering, transit, and paratransit. Our shared services program was a key factor in the successful implementation of RTC’s new transportation demand model.
The primary mechanism for implementing the goals and policies of the Truckee Meadows Regional Plan is conformance review. Per NRS 278.028 and NRS 278.0282, master plans, facilities plans and other similar plans of local governments and affected entities must conform to the Regional Plan. Once prepared or amended, local governments and affected entities submit their plans to the Regional Planning Commission (RPC) to ensure these plans are consistent with, and support the goals and policies in the Truckee Meadows Regional Plan.
Additionally, certain uses of land that are considered projects of regional significance (PRS) also require conformance review before they can be finally approved. NRS 278.026 defines certain projects that must be considered project of regional significance and NRS 278.0277 further requires the RPC adopt guidelines and procedures for the review of whether a proposal for the use of land is a project of regional significance. The RPC updated its guidelines for the definition of projects of regional significance on July 10, 2013.