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Development proposed near Lahontan

ALEX FREEMON, Sierra Sun

Truckee might be getting new neighbors in the Martis Valley area, if Placer County authorities approve of proposed plans for a mixed residential and commercial development. Plans submitted to the Placer County Planning Department say a new development – Eaglewood at Tahoe – could draw as many as 1,235 new residents, which include full time and seasonal, to a 475-acre plot of Martis Valley immediately northwest of Lahontan.

The new complex would spread 475 residential units around an 18-hole golf course divided into 337 single-family homes and 138 “townhomes,” which Placer County Planning Director Fred Yeager said is a condominium with six or seven units. Eaglewood residents will also be able to use a recreation center, a park and a new commercial center that that will be built along with the project.

Plans show that the proposed commercial area will be located near Eaglewood’s main complex across Schaeffer Mill Road on land which the developer also owns. Yeager adds that because Lahontan built the road on which Eaglebrook will rely, the proposed community may have to reimburse Lahontan for its use.

The developers expect that 30 percent of residents will be permanent while 70 percent will be seasonal. Building plans specify five living units for employees on the site.

The project is being proposed by Martis Valley Associates, an Auburn-based developer which already owns the land.

In Truckee, the group is represented by their attorney Robert Tamietti. Yeager explains that Eaglewood’s consultant is Bob Hayes who has been involved in similar projects in Placer County including the 1950-unit Bickford Ranch on Highway 193 and Sierra College. Because of its location in a fast-growing section of the Truckee area as well as its potential impact on Truckee, the development is bound to bring responses from local groups interested in the area’s development.

Stefanie Olivieri, president of Mountain Area Preservation Foundation says that her organization is looking at development of Martis Valley as a whole.

She says that “the Foundation believes that projects such as Eaglewood should not proceed until the Martis Valley General Plan has been updated.”

She adds that the Foundation has no official recommendation as to Eaglewood yet, but is reviewing the plans.

The developers state in their plan that they expect the environmental impact to be minimal.

They report that there are no endangered or protected species or significant impact on nearby water, but that they do plan to remove 25 percent of trees on their property.

Plans for the project also indicate that Eaglewood will draw water mainly from wells, to supply both residents and the golf course, but that Eaglewood is considering merging its water supply infrastructure with Lahontan’s.

Bill Combs of the Placer County Planning Department is handling the project.

Placer and Nevada County residents can submit their comments for the first review of the project to the Placer County Planning Department by July 12 at (530) 889-7470 or fax (530) 889-7499 or planning@placer.ca.gov.

The public will have other opportunities to comment throughout the year.

Plans will soon be available for public review at the Planning Department’s Web site at http://www.placer.ca.gov/planning.


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