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Palisades at Squaw development environmental report released

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OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Last week, Placer County released the draft environmental impact report for the Palisades at Squaw residential housing project in Squaw Valley for public review.

Currently zoned for high-density residential development, the proposed undeveloped 19.9-acre project site could include a planned residential project for up to 63 residential lots consisting of 33 lots for single-family homes and 30 lots for half-plex units; a 100-foot-wide open space easement along the site’s northeastern boundary; a private park; a multipurpose trail easement; and right-of-way for utilities and roadways.

The project site is located in the community of Olympic Valley, west of Highway 89 and north of Squaw Valley Road, along both the east and west sides of Creeks End Court.

The public comment period for the DEIR report is open for 45 days, until 5 p.m. Nov. 4. The Placer County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the project Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach.

After close of public comments, staff will review the comments and prepare a final environmental impact report prior to any future hearing recommendation to the Planning Commission on the final project as a whole.

According to the county, the project does not require approval from the Placer County Board of Supervisors.

The California Environmental Quality Act requires the preparation of an environmental impact report when there is substantial evidence that a project could have a significant effect on the environment.

The purpose of an EIR is to provide decision-makers, public-agencies and the general public with an objective and informational document that fully discloses the potential environmental effects of the proposed project. The EIR provides an analysis of the potential environmental effects such as biological resources; cultural resources; geology and soils; hazards and hazardous materials; hydrology and water quality; population and housing; and transportation and traffic with the implementation of the proposed project.

The report is available for review during normal business hours at the Tahoe City Library (740 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City), Truckee Library (10031 Levon Ave., Truckee), Placer County Community Development Resource Agency offices (775 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City) and in Auburn (3091 County Center Drive, Auburn).

Comments may be addressed to the Placer County Community Development Resource Agency, Environmental Coordination Services, 3091 County Center Drive, Suite 190, Auburn, CA 95603; by fax to 530-745-3080; or by email to

For information on the project, contact the project planner, Allen Breuch, at 530-581-6284.

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