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Northstar expansion (6 new lifts, a gondola and more) OK’d by Placer supes

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Feb. 21 to approve the Northstar Mountain Master Plan.

The plan will guide the resort’s development over the next 20 years, and allow it to remain competitive as market conditions change, according to a press release from the county.

“The developer did a good job in addressing many of the concerns that the public had including environmental stewardship and workforce housing,” said District 5 (Tahoe-area) Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, according to the release. “We now have a project that, when built, will continue to elevate the Tahoe area’s internationally recognized reputation.”

The plan allows for the construction of six additional ski lifts as well as a gondola that will connect the Castle Peak parking area to Northstar Village.

It also includes trail maintenance, five skier bridges, four new skier service lodges and facilities, relocation of the existing cross-country ski center and two new campsite areas, according to county documents.

The Placer County Planning Commission and the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council both also recently unanimously approved the plan. Select elements still require approval from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

According to an email statement from the resort, “Approximately 293 acres of new groomable ski trails are proposed with over 700 acres of new skiable terrain, resulting in approximately 3,870 acres of total skiable terrain.”

The plan’s draft environmental impact report was released in January 2014, and the final version was released the following summer.

Northstar California has tracked the evolution of the plan using a timeline on its website. You can also read the plan and associated environmental documents on Placer County’s website.

Amanda Rhoades is a news, environment and business reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at arhoades@sierrasun.com or 530-550-2653. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @akrhoades.