About Parcel Tracker

The Parcel Tracker, part of the Lake Tahoe Info system, is a critical implementation tool for the Transferable Development Rights Program. All development right transfers are tracked here so that the information necessary to assess effectiveness and develop policy improvements is available. Further, the system aims to streamline development right transfers and allocations for project proponents (permit applications) and lead agencies.

Most development right transfers involve a sending and receiving parcel. "Sending" areas are typically lands that have been identified for preservation or deemed environmentally sensitive and therefore are not suitable for development.  "Receiving" areas are those where additional growth is desirable and beneficial. Transferrable Development Rights serve to quantify development and act as the building blocks for growth management. 

Types of Transferable Development Rights
In Tahoe, development rights that can be transacted are those that can be banked and/or verified as legally existing by TRPA. These include:

  • land coverage (existing and potential)
  • tourist accommodation units (TAU)
  • restoration credits
  • commercial floor area (CFA)
  • residential development rights (RDR)
  • residential allocations
  • existing residential units of use (ERU)

Participants in the TDR market include individual landowners and their representatives, land banks and lead agencies. Individual landowners may transact with one another directly or may utilize a representative such as a realtor to complete a transaction. Landowners and their representatives may also interact with one of the TRPA designated Land Banks, the California Tahoe Conservancy (CTC) and the Nevada Division of State Lands (NDSL). Lead Agencies including counties, the City of South Lake Tahoe, and TRPA are responsible for facilitating, approving and a tracking transfers.

For further details associated with TDR regulations and incentives please refer to the TRPA Code of Ordinances Chapter 51. For an overview of the policy analysis completed during the creation of these incentive programs please refer to the document series on the Lake Tahoe Sustainable Communities website.

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About this Tool
The Parcel Tracker was developed with TRPA funding along with California's Strategic Growth Council (SGC) grant funds. It is anticipated that ongoing operation and maintenance will be funded through related application and MOU fees.