Opinion: Stand up, be heard, and urge denial of Martis Valley West
September 9, 2016
"Often what people don't say or leave out, tells the real story."
This quote from Shannon L. Alder that certainly applies to recent Sierra Sun opinion pieces that opined in favor of the Martis Valley West project.
For those of you on the moon the last three years, it's the project plopped in the middle of ridgetop conservation lands 1 mile west of the summit of SR 267, touting 760 homes in a gated community and 6 acres of commercial next to the proposed gigantic 550-site Brockway Campground.
All brought to us by East/West Partners … now Mountainside Partners. This craziness is justified by a conservation easement on 100 less acres of land above the airport that maybe, might be or could be, but shouldn't be developed because it's in the flight path of the Truckee Airport. The new proposal has views of Tahoe, making it easier for the developer to get mega millions.
The authors of recent articles failed to disclose their mutual working relationship, connections in business or previous associations with developments at Northstar or the Ritz. All this is verifiable on the internet. Is a half truth a truth?
When people write articles and don't tell the whole truth, it's a problem. Because it's in the paper, the public assumes it to be true and give content the benefit of the doubt.
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For example, Ben Polley's statement in his recent opinion piece that, "I understand those employed (by conservation organizations) are paid to oppose projects …" is starting with an untrue premise.
Conservation groups are not against all the blitzkrieg of projects currently in the pipeline … Boulder Bay, Homewood, Squaw Valley, Martis Valley West, Brockway Campground, Highlands II, Joerger Ranch, Railyard, Triumph Development, Truckee Springs, Coldstrea … to name a few.
Further, most of the conservation work is done by unpaid people. And the justification by the author that essentially all this is going to happen anyway, so get on board, sadly highlights the reality that the environment has become an opportunity to make money and that there are way too many projects on the table.
Another author, Thomas G. Trost, again in a recent opinion piece, claims to know that the project is in complete conformance with a signed agreement? Well, the devil is in the details.
What the conservation groups are actually doing is the hard thing. It's courageous to do something different when you see a bad result and an agreement that has morphed in a direction that hurts our environment.
There are more than mere misgivings about the environmental impacts of the Martis Valley West project on our environment. Many feel our area will be ruined, mired in gridlock and trapped in an emergency.
Cherry-picking the contents of an organization's mission statement in an attempt to bully them into backing off legitimate concerns is downright pathetic.
Transparency in the complex process of development approvals should be a requirement. On Tuesday, September 13th, at 9:45 a.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center, the Placer County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to either approve or deny the Martis Valley West project.
This is it … the final, final. Stand up and be heard. Tell our supervisors to deny it.
Ann Nichols is a 39-year North Lake Tahoe resident and is president of the North Tahoe Preservation Alliance. Visit http://www.ntpac.com to learn more.