TMRPA is responsible for the preparation and implementation of the Truckee Meadows Regional Plan, which addresses land-use planning, natural resource management and infrastructure and service provisions within Washoe County.
The TMRPA board of directors on Wednesday heard a report from Patricia Rogers, government relations-community outreach representative, who said staff is closely monitoring BDRs in four tiers relating to their importance to the program of regional planning.
The first tier contains BDRs of the highest priority, she said, and consists of proposed legislation that could affect land use. BDR 99 revises provisions governing land use decisions and opens Chapter 278 of the Nevada Revised Statutes, she said.
“We’re keeping a close eye on that because regional planning statutes reside in Chapter 278,” Rogers said, which could affect the way TMRPA operates.
Also under the land use tier are BDR 18, which revises provisions relating to annexation of property; BDR 139, which also revises annexation provisions; and BDR 299, which revises a provision relating to ground water basins.
Tier two consists of proposed legislation that appears to affect natural resources. The third tier consists of proposed legislation which may affect transportation, and tier four consists of economic and administration issues.
Though staff members are closely monitoring 87 BDRs, a number of requests appear to have the largest potential for affecting regional planning operations:
• BDR 11 revises provisions relating to annexation of property.
• BDR 18 makes changes concerning renewable energy corridors.
• BDR 216 expresses opposition to certain wind power projects.
• BDR 229 provides for establishment of a feed-in tariff program for renewable energy sources.
• BDR 259 makes various changes to provisions governing renewable energy.
• BDR 283 revises provisions governing abatement of county taxes.
• BDR 286 makes various changes concerning renewable energy systems.
• BDR 299 revises provisions related to ground water basins.
• BDR 408 increases net meter cap for renewable energy systems.
• BDR 454 revises provisions relating to the internal operations of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.
• BDR 455 clarifies the applicability of the Nevada Administrative Procedure Act to judicial review of decisions of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.
• BDR 548 makes changes to population basis for exercises of certain powers by local governments.
• BDR 592 revises the restrictions on local governing bodies regarding the placement and use of alternative energy sources.
More than 900 BDRs have been submitted for the upcoming session, which begins Feb. 7, but the full language of most of those requests is not yet available.
“Until the bills are introduced or the full language of those bills is made available by the requester, we won’t see the full language,” Rogers said.
At a Dec. 9 RPGB meeting, a subcommittee was established to respond to time-sensitive issues during the legislative session. When issues cannot be heard during regular board meetings, the subcommittee has the authority to act.
Members of the subcommittee include Sparks City Councilman Mike Carrigan, chair; Reno City Councilman Dave Aiazzi, vice chair; Washoe County Commissioner John Breternitz, immediate past chair; and Dan Carne, Washoe County School District trustee, non-voting member. Alternates include Sparks City Councilman Ed Lawson, Reno City Councilman Pete Hascheff and Washoe County Commissioner Bonnie Weber.
Rogers said a legislative subcommittee position would only be taken to the Legislature if there is unanimous agreement on the matter from all three members.
“In the case of a disagreement, staff would not take forward a position of the legislative subcommittee to the Legislature but may represent that there were different perspectives on behalf of each of the entities, and advise the entities’ legislative staffs of the subcommittee members’ positions,” Rogers said.
The subcommittee will meet every other week during the session or more frequently if necessary.