OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — The Sierra Sun visited Squaw Valley on Monday to gather input on the resort’s recently updated village redevelopment proposal.
Below is what some had to say about the scaled-back proposal, which reduces the number of bedrooms and lodging units, preserves the Member’s Locker Room and Olympic House and limits maximum building heights, among other changes.
“I think smaller is better,” said Brittany Imwalle, a renter in Olympic Valley. “We are renters, but are looking to buy. This is actually sort of influencing our decision about whether or not to buy based on what the final plans wind up being. If there’s a whole lot more growth, then it may turn into a different place, and we may look to buy somewhere else versus looking to buy here.”
“I’m OK with Squaw Valley growing,” said Barry Thys, an Olympic Valley homeowner. “I think it’s good for the place. … I haven’t seen the extensiveness of the growth, but I would be on the saying that growth isn’t all bad.”
“I just hope they don’t make Squaw too ‘resort-y’ because it kind of has a local spirit that I think everyone really loved about it,” said Erin Wallace, Olympic Valley renter.
“No matter what, this is going to touch the corners of every single household in the entire area — Ward Creek, Alpine Meadows, North Shore of Tahoe, Truckee, Squaw — whether you realize it or not, including my own,” said Kurt Anderson, a Tahoe City resident. “I think you can always improve anything. There’s no such thing as an expert, and there’s no such thing as perfection, but you can strive for it.”
“Yeah, it’s OK,” said Yorck Von Wrockem, an Olympic Valley resident. “I agree with it because (resort owner KSL) it’s a good company. They’re in for progress.”
“It’s definitely getting more in line with what it should be,” said Melissa Faye, Olympic Valley homeowner. “I’m happy with the reduction in size and the reduction in size of the water park, also.”
Community feedback such as this was considered during the third major reworking of the project. Squaw Valley officials say the new proposal ensures a sustainable future for the resort, while respecting the mountain and preserving its historic legacy.
Resort officials are scheduled to send Placer County an updated plan in the first week of January. The draft Environmental Impact Report process will also be informed of project changes.
According to previous reports, Squaw’s goal is to begin project construction in the spring of 2016.