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

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

A schematic of the proposed Martis Valley West Parcel project.
Courtesy image |


Visit and to learn more about the Martis Valley West Parcel project, including arguments for and against. Visit to view the final EIR.

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.

Support Local Journalism


Support Local Journalism

Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User


Volunteers continue to measure Caldor Fire impact on Tahoe


Last month, during the storm driven by an atmospheric river, the League to Save Lake Tahoe’s staff and Pipe Keepers citizen scientist volunteers collected stormwater samples, made qualitative visual observations, and took quantitative measurements of…

See more