Martis plan could be approved next week |

Martis plan could be approved next week

Tuesday could be the last day to support or criticize the Martis Valley Community Plan.

In what is expected to be the last hearing of Placer County’s update of the original 1975 plan, the Placer County Board of Supervisors will review all the information and likely come to a final decision about the plan and its environmental impact report.

Although some environmental groups have threatened litigation if the plan is approved, there have been numerous hearings and a workshop to hash out the big issues. The plan would affect 25,000 acres of land in the Martis Valley, just southeast of downtown Truckee, and allow for 6,800 residences.

In addition, Truckee and Tahoe residents, environmentalists and town, city and county representatives, land developers and more have shown up to the hearings to either voice their support or opposition.

Reaction to the plan has been mixed, as some opponents think it could be a death sentence for the Martis Valley, whereas proponents feel it is the best plan to allow development but not destroy the area. Most, however, have expressed both concern and appreciation for the plan.

In the last hearing, county staff was directed by the supervisors to come back to this meeting with more details about environmental impacts, how to keep state Route 267 from increasing to four lanes, affordable housing and issues dealing with Washoe tribe land.

The plan is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Northstar-at-Tahoe. For more information on the Martis Valley Community Plan, visit

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