Opinion: Save Lake Tahoe-Truckee — deny Martis Valley West
August 30, 2016
Sadly, the Placer County Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the bloated KSL Squaw Valley Project by a 4-2 tally.
Agate Bay local Larry Sevison (TRPA Board, California Tahoe Conservatory Board and Planning Board member — lots of hats to wear!) was one who voted to approve
Not one change was made to the behemoth project (1,400+ new bedrooms, numerous 96-foot-tall buildings, 18 homes at the base of the Shirley Lake trail, and a 96-foot-tall building containing a water park with indoor skydiving — now there's something everyone needs).
The commissioner, Jeffrey Moss, who made the motion ignored scores of serious (or "significant and unavoidable," in developer-speak) environmental impacts and, incredibly, Placer County's attorney told the County to ignore California Attorney General Kamala Harris's letter requesting a new environmental analysis due to serious traffic, greenhouse gas and lake-clarity impacts to Lake Tahoe.
We will have to wait and see how the Placer County Board of Supervisors votes on this project.
Next in front of the Board of Supervisors, meanwhile, is the Martis Valley West Project, on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach.
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Although (or maybe because) only two or three people out of hundreds of attendees spoke for the project, the project developer (Mountainside Partners — or East West Partners, or whatever they're calling themselves this month) is trying to marshal support both locally and out of the area.
On a related side note, the Planning Commission voted July 7 to recommend detail of Martis Valley West, and interestingly enough, Michael Johnson, the head Placer County planner, retired on July 30 and went right to work as a consultant for Mountainside.
And Mountainside's claim that 6,000-plus acres will be "saved" in the Martis Valley is pure spin: "Saving" 6,000 acres in Truckee means 760 homes and thousands of new people and cars in a gated community in the middle of a forest on top one of the Tahoe Basin's iconic ridge lines.
Oh, and let's not forget the developer's application for a 550-space campground right next door to Martis Valley West inside the Tahoe Basin. This is a savings? You've gotta be kidding.
Another of Mountainside Partners' current justifications for such a large and intrusive new project is that it will be the last one in the Martis Valley. Regardless of whether it's the first or the last, our area is already at gridlock and cannot support any new and large influx of people and traffic.
And this is not the only project in the works throughout the Truckee-Tahoe region: Add Squaw Valley, Highlands 2, Joerger Ranch, The Railyard, Brockway Campground, the huge Homewood expansion, Boulder Bay, Coldstream … and it goes on and on. It's not hard to guess what will happen: The Tahoe area will be ruined.
Show up in force on September 13th at the Event Center — together we can save Tahoe and Truckee. Write the County Supervisors firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them to deny Martis Valley West.
Dana Leonard is a Carnelian Bay resident and has been a full-time resident/taxpayer since 1980.
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