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Planning commissioners vote 5-2 for denial of Martis Valley West

A schematic of the proposed Martis Valley West Parcel project.

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KINGS BEACH, Calif. — The Placer County Planning Commission on Thursday voted to recommend denial of the Martis Valley West Parcel Specific Plan and the certification of the project's environmental impact report.

The project now goes to the board of supervisors; a date has yet to be set for that meeting. The ultimate decision lies with the county supervisors.

Thursday's 5-2 vote came during a continuation of the commission's June 9 meeting to consider the project.

According to Placer County, after extensive public testimony at the June 9 meeting, the commission agreed to continue consideration at a follow-up meeting and requested more information from county staff about potential negative impacts on the Tahoe region.

After significant comment, commissioners Thursday "expressed continuing concerns about the traffic and evacuation plans in recommending their denial of the project," according to a county press release.

Thursday's meeting at the North Tahoe Event Center — just like the June 9 meeting at Granlibakken — featured a standing-room-only crowd of passionate residents.

Sierra Sun Reporter Amanda Rhoades attended Thursday's meeting to capture commentary from all sides of the issue. The Sun will update this story in the coming days.