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Major developments proposed for Truckee

Scott Hess

Two major proposed subdivisions, Alpine Knolls and Northstar Village, will be up for approval in front of the Placer County Planning Commission Thursday.

In a special Tahoe meeting – rather than their usual Auburn meeting spot – county staff will take the planning commissioners on a walking tour of each site, beginning at Northstar Village, which is proposed for the bottom of Northstar-at-Tahoe’s mountain facilities at 9:30 a.m.

The group tour, which is open to the public, will then head to the end of Upper Bench Road in the Alpine Meadows area at approximately 11 a.m. The planning commission will hear the Alpine Knolls proposal first, at 1:35 p.m. at the Tahoe City Public Utilities District, located at 330 Fairway Drive in Tahoe City, and will hear the Northstar Village proposal directly thereafter.

Alpine Knolls

According to Placer County Planning Director Fred Yeager, “Alpine Knolls is an interesting project. A number of projects have been proposed there.” However, he said due mainly to avalanche and significant riparian areas, the projects have not been approved by the county.

The difference with this project, he said, is the avalanche and riparian areas are proposed as open space.

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The applicant is proposing a 27-acre subdivision with 19 residential parcels ranging from 14,866-51,849 square feet, according to the commission meeting agenda. It also says approximately 12 acres will be set aside as open space.

Northstar Village

Northstar Village is a redevelopment, Yeager said, and is proposed for the base of Northstar-at-Tahoe. The Northstar Village, if approved, would include 213 condominium units which would be available for a “hotel-style rental program,” the agenda states.

Also proposed in the Village is approximately 173,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, new and upgraded skier services, a spa and an outdoor ice rink.

What the county thinks

Yeager said the county staff is recommending both projects for approval. He said he has had some feedback from neighbors about the Alpine project, mostly dealing with roads, open space, traffic, parking and emergency access.

He also mentioned the Northstar Village, which proposed for the Martis Valley and has to abide by the Martis Valley Community Plan standards, “is consistent with the original and new plan.”

The Northstar Village project has already raised some eyebrows, however. Tom Mooers, the executive director of Sierra Watch, said Sierra Watch would be unhappy if the county approved the plan, and said it would be “a slap in the face” of the people who spent time creating the new Martis Valley Community Plan.

Mooers said he would be at the planning commission on Thursday to urge the planning commissioners to delay the project until the final community plan has been approved.

For more information, visit http://www.placer.ca.gov.