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Neighboring Northstar, Martis Camp subdivisions at road’s end

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TRUCKEE, Calif. — Martis Camp residents may soon have to use an alternative route to the Village of Northstar.

On Aug. 4, the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted to give the Retreat at Northstar and Martis Camp 60 days to come to an agreement regarding Mill Site Road and Cross Cut Court.

If a deal is not reached, the two roads will become private, according to the county.

“I do believe that where the rubber meets the road that the best deal that you are ever going to get is between yourselves,” said District 1 Supervisor Jack Duran. “You do not want to let a third party make this decision.”

The Retreat at Northstar, an 18-home development, is advocating for the abandonment of Mill Site Road and Cross Cut Court, while Martis Camp, a 668-lot development with roughly 225 homes built to date, is in opposition.

Retreat residents claim that Mill Site Road was intended to be private, while allowing public transit and emergency access use only. Yet the road, which abuts Schaffer Mill Road — the main thoroughfare through Martis Camp — is reportedly being used as a cut-through road by Martis Camp residents.

Meanwhile, representatives for Martis Camp residents argue that closure of Mill Site Road will increase travel time and air pollution in the area.

In addition, longer trips to the Northstar by way of Highway 267 during times of congestion poses a safety risk, they claim.

This change in road designation was first heard by the supervisors in December 2014, with the board directing staff to prepare environmental documentation for consideration at a future meeting. Such documentation supports abandonment.

“I would urge continued discussions between the parties to see if there is something you can agree on and that you can come up with,” Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, whose 5th District includes Northstar, said at the Aug. 4 meeting.

Should the roadways become private, they will become the responsibility of the Retreat and be removed from use by other developments.