Projects & Reports

Regional Strategy for Affordable Housing | February 2019

With the need for affordable housing growing in the Truckee Meadows region, three agencies have teamed up to develop a regional comprehensive housing strategy. Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities (TMHC) and the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency (TMRPA) are collaborating with Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise) to create the Comprehensive Regional Housing Strategy

The Community Profile has been developed as part of the work on the Regional Strategy for Housing Affordability for the Truckee Meadows, and provides a complementary summary of data, trends, and descriptive case studies

Housing Study | December 2016

The Truckee Meadows Housing Study represents the collaborative effort of many partners in understanding current housing conditions and future housing needs in our community. This study provides a clear picture of the current housing stock, and where housing is planned for the future. The data also shows that where development is located can greatly impact the cost to provide regional services and infrastructure.

2018-2038 Washoe County Consensus Forecast | September 2018

In December 2007, the Regional Planning Governing Board (RPGB) approved a Regional Plan amendment which requires the master plans, facilities plans, and similar planning documents of local governments and affected entities to utilize the Consensus Forecast for determining future regional population. The adopted RPGB Regulations on Procedure, as referenced in the Regional Plan, require TMRPA to prepare the Consensus Forecast every even numbered year. The forecast uses the most recent published data from the State Demographer, Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA), and other applicable outside sources (e.g. Woods and Poole). The Consensus Forecast includes both county-wide population data, and data disaggregated to the three local government jurisdictions. Section XII of the RPGB Regulations on Procedure outlines the Consensus Forecast preparation and adoption process, which beginning in 2010 includes a process for comparing the draft Consensus Forecast population with the estimated population that can be supported by the sustainable water resources identified in the Regional Water Management Plan. The Regional Planning Commission (RPC) is responsible for adopting the final Consensus Forecast.

Industrial Land Needs Analysis (ILNA) | December 2013

The ILNA is a collaborative effort of the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency (TMRPA), Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), Western Regional Water Commission (WRWC) and Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN), supporting regional economic development efforts aimed at identifying target industries that will bring job growth to Northern Nevada. The vision for economic development in Northern Nevada, including the Truckee Meadows Region, calls for the creation of a vibrant, innovative, and sustainable economy, in part by achieving growth in target industries (e.g., advanced logistics, advanced manufacturing, and clean energy) that need industrial land. This study proactively connects economic development efforts with long-range planning by identifying the characteristics of land (e.g., site size or access to infrastructure) needed by these growth industries, the current supply of industrial land and demand for industrial land over the next 20 years.

Planning for Economic and Fiscal Health Technical Assistance Grant | October 2013

Through the US EPA’s EPA’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program, TMRPA and Smart Growth America (SGA) co-hosted a technical assistance workshop on the topic of Planning for Fiscal and Economic Health in October 2013. The workshop involved presentations to various stakeholder groups and a facilitated “brainstorming” session including an evaluation of alternatives for moving forward. Through the workshop, TMRPA was able to engage community stakeholders around the ways in which smart growth approaches can make the region more competitive and reduce taxpayer burdens. To view the final report summarizing the workshop, click here.

The “Planning for Fiscal and Economic Health” presentation provided an overview of the fiscal and economic development impacts of different development patterns, focusing on the differences between sprawling patterns and more compact “smart growth” patterns. The presentation is available for download. To view a video recording, click here.

 Wider Region Stakeholders Profile Report | July 2010

During the update of the Regional Plan in 2007, a desire emerged on the part of the update participants to more fully understand the potential impacts of planning activities beyond the Truckee Meadows. Goal 4.6, Policy 4.6.3 and Map 8 were added to the Regional Plan to encourage more interaction with likely stakeholders in the wider region. The Wider Region Stakeholders Profile Report identifies two-dozen stakeholder entities, including counties, cities, economic development groups, and Native American Tribes that collectively comprise the wider region. The report provides a range of geographic, economic, and planning-related information relative to each stakeholder and discusses the key themes that link each stakeholder to the Truckee Meadows.

Natural Resource Inventory | June 2010

This document contains a collection of links intended to help guide local planners, developers, property owners and the general public in accessing Natural Resource Regulations. Given the multitude and variability in development scenarios, the documents in this inventory are by no means the final authority on directing or permitting any type of development. This document should only serve as a general educational platform on Natural Resource Regulations within Washoe County, NV.

Transit-Oriented Development in the Truckee Meadows: Bridging the Gap Between Planning and Implementation | July 2009

Building on the introductory framework in Part I and summary of current conditions in Part II, the bulk of the paper is found in Part III where policy, planning, and implementation approaches are considered that may better support TOD in the Truckee Meadows. Part III describes the current challenges facing transit-oriented development in the Truckee Meadows and presents a series of innovative approaches being employed in various metropolitan areas around the country. Part IV concludes this paper with a series of approaches for moving forward.

Drawing The Big Picture:Moving Toward Regional Thinking Through Cumulative Impact Assessment | October 2007

The purpose of this study was to conduct research into examples of cumulative impact evaluation as conducted by several such agencies in other regions, in order to compare methods, procedures, and principles with those of the TMRPA. This report describes several approaches for obtaining data on cumulative impacts and provides an assessment of these processes, identifying elements that contribute to or hinder the success of the process in other jurisdictions. This report includes discussion of ways cumulative development impacts may be categorized, which impacts are most readily evaluated, how impacts are being measured and quantified in other communities, and how this information is used to inform planning and development decisions and policies.

Regional Governance Models | November 2007

This report was prepared to explore the many types of solutions and collaborations of local governments to address regional growth issues. This effort was undertaken to fulfill the Regional Planning Governing Board’s desire to research different regional planning entity governance models.

Safe Walking Routes for Public Schools in Washoe County | December 2006

This study responds to Assembly Bill 231 (AB 231), passed during the 73rd Session of the Nevada Legislature, approved by the Governor May 24, 2005, and effective July 1, 2005. In Washoe County, it is the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Commission (RPC) that was required to coordinate and submit this study to the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmittal to the 74th Session of the Nevada Legislature. Specifically, the study includes: a) A review and evaluation of the existing walking paths and sidewalks within a 1-mile radius of each public school located in the county; b) Recommendations for improvements to the conditions of those walking paths and sidewalks; and c) A review and evaluation of the programs currently implemented in the county to ensure safe walking routes for pupils to schools.

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