Public hearing Thursday on multi-acre Lake Tahoe ski resort expansion | SierraSun.com

Public hearing Thursday on multi-acre Lake Tahoe ski resort expansion

Staff report

The Squaw Valley village proposal at buildout can be seen in this model that can be viewed by the public at Base Camp, located next to Wanderlust Yoga Studio on First Street in the village.

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — The next domino in the public vetting process regarding a proposal to expand the Village at Squaw Valley is set to drop this Thursday.

Public comment will be heard during a meeting in Kings Beach on the draft environmental impact report for the project that outlines more than two decades of construction of additional lodging, commercial space and an indoor/outdoor recreation facility in an effort to create a year-round destination resort.

Released in mid-May, the draft EIR identifies several "significant and unavoidable" environmental impacts, including visual resources, transportation and circulation, noise, and greenhouse gases and climate change.

The Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan, which has undergone previous scaled-down revisions, proposes creating up to 1,493 bedrooms provided in up to 850 units, including a mixture of hotel, condo hotel, fractional ownership and timeshares.

It also proposes roughly 297,733 square feet of tourist-serving commercial space, including hotel common areas, conference rooms, retail, and restaurant, among others. Further, roughly 91,522 square feet of existing commercial space would be removed.

The proposed 90,000-square-foot Mountain Adventure Camp would offer an extensive indoor/outdoor pool system, including water slides and other water-based recreation, and other entertainment options.

Recommended Stories For You

Other project details include the creation of additional parking spaces, construction of up to 50 employee housing units and restoration of Squaw Creek.

The plan area encompasses roughly 94 acres — 85 acres on the west side of the valley at the base of the Squaw Valley Ski Resort and about 8.8 acres near the intersection of Highway 89 and Squaw Valley Road.

Buildout is estimated to take 25 years, with construction proposed to begin as early as spring 2016, pending approvals.

Overall, the draft EIR, which dissects several project alternatives, identifies the "no project" alternative as the environmentally superior option, with the reduced density options as the superior action alternative.

Thursday's hearing is scheduled for 10:05 a.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center at 8318 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach.

The deadline to provide comment on the draft EIR is 5 p.m. July 17.

Comments should be mailed to Placer County Community Development Resource Agency, Environmental Coordination Services, 3091 County Center Drive, Suite 190, Auburn, CA 95603, Attention: Maywan Krach; faxed to 530-745-3080; or emailed to cdraecs@placer.ca.gov.