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Possible litigation if Martis Valley Plan passes

Scott Hess

Although the 2003 Martis Valley Community Plan was passed through the Placer County Planning Commission, it might not have such an easy time at or after the board of supervisors.

Tom Mooers, executive director of Sierra Watch, said he believes the plan is too large and doesn’t fit within Placer County’s general plan, and says Sierra Watch will probably resort to litigation if the Placer County Board of Supervisors approves the proposed MVCP.

“The plan is irresponsible,” Mooers said at the June 26 Placer County Planning Commission meeting. “Approval of the plan would be illegal.”

He said a regional plan should be constructed, instead of just a community plan, which he says doesn’t take into account the surrounding communities. Mooers added the planning ignored parts of state planning laws.

Placer County Planning Director Fred Yeager, however, said the allegation was the Martis Valley Community Plan did not comply with county laws for a general plan.

Yeager says this is incorrect. He said that they constructed a county plan and a community plan, and therefore this project is not bound by the same laws as a general plan.

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Stefanie Olivieri from the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation shares Mooers’ concerns. “The draft and final community plan is contrary to county policy,” she said at the planning commission. She mentioned later that she feels the plan is “outrageously ill-conceived.”

“I think it will be definitely approved by the board of supervisors,” Olivieri added. “I think Mountain Area Preservation Foundation would probably be involved in that lawsuit.”

Basically, Olivieri said she thinks the “size and scope of the plan is far too large” and that it would cause “negative impacts on the quality of life.”

Other concerns were raised by residents, including density and number of residential lots, transportation issues (especially with the possibility of expanding State Route 267 to four lanes) and water and air quality issues.

Joan clayburgh, the senior director of Sierra Nevada Alliance, said the plan has potential, but “the process has been faulty.”

Many supporters of the MVCP rely on the idea that the area will not be built out significantly until at least 20 years. The area of the plan comprises more than 25,000 acres, all in Placer County, and shares a border with Truckee. The plan allows for 6,800 dwelling units.

There was a full crowd at the planning commission meeting and many concerns were raised, but the planning commission passed the project on to the board of supervisors with only a few additions and changes.

Based on the attendance of the planning commission, the July 21 board of supervisors meeting will be packed as well, as many residents around the area will voice their opinions in favor or in opposition of the plan.

The Placer County Board of Supervisors meeting will be held July 21 at 10 a.m. at the Resort at Squaw Creek at Squaw Valley.