The Nevada model, created by the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act (SNPLMA), allows for federal land to be made eligible for disposal, creates permanent land conservation, conveys land to local government entities for recreation and public purposes, transfers land into trust for local tribes, and creates a fund for additional land acquisition and conservation projects statewide. The Truckee Meadows Public Lands Management Act will expand economic development and affordable housing opportunities in Washoe County, support local Tribal communities, increase conservation, protect public lands and outdoor recreation, and keep proceeds from land sales in Nevada for priorities like education and restoration around the Truckee River. As the state with the highest percentage of public land in the nation, Nevada relies on federal legislation to increase land available for development, like affordable housing, and to protect outdoor spaces for future generations.
This proposal will authorize conveyance of specific lands to the following bodies for recreation and public purposes:
This proposal makes specific parcels of federal land eligible for sale and subsequent development, as appropriate, to support sustainable growth in the region. Under this proposal, 15,860 acres will be eligible to be nominated for sale. Differing from the SNPLMA model, this proposal does not include a disposal boundary.
All lands that are eligible for sale must be nominated and undergo an environmental review by the Federal agency that manages that land to determine if sale of the parcel is appropriate. Under the current proposal, if the federal land manager determines sale to be appropriate, Washoe County would also need to give their approval before development can occur. The county is first required to assess the parcel for its suitability for affordable housing first. Land that will be used for affordable housing will be sold for less than fair market value, and all other development parcels must be sold for at least fair market value. The development of the land would also need to comply with all current zoning and planning requirements, including review by the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency and the jurisdiction that the land is being developed in.
Under this proposal, revenue from the sale of these federal lands will be divided between the State of Nevada General Education Fund (5%), Truckee River conservation projects (10%), and a special account available to the Secretary of the Treasury (85%). This means that the proceeds from the sale of land in Washoe County will stay in Washoe County to benefit the residents here, rather than those funds going back to the U.S. Treasury.
The special account can be used for things such as:
This legislation creates both Wilderness Areas and National Conservation Areas to permanently protect some of the existing public lands within Washoe county. Land that is currently managed as a Wilderness Study Area that is not designated by this legislation as Wilderness or as part of a National Conservation Area will go back to being managed as multiple use.
If enacted, this legislation will increase the permanent conservation of land in Washoe County by permanently designating: 223,039 acres as Wilderness and 551,427 acres as National Conservation Areas. This bill also designates 173,919 acres as “withdrawal areas”.
This proposal will expand land held in trust for local Tribal communities, including:
This legislation will now be eligible to be considered for a hearing by the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Following a hearing and depending on the testimony and feedback the Committee receives from stakeholders and the federal agencies, the legislation may be amended and voted on in Committee. If approved by the Committee, it will be eligible to be considered and voted on by the U.S. Senate.