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Roller coaster at Northstar: Placer Co. determines more information is needed

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Placer County has decided more information is needed to make intitial approval of a projected alpine roller coaster at Northstar-at-Tahoe, planning officials said Friday.

Paul Thompson, a Placer County deputy planning director, said staff reviewed an environmental questionnaire and an environmental noise assessment submitted by Booth Creek Ski Holdings (which manages Northstar) and determined its application lacks content.

“Our determination is that we need more information and that the application is incomplete,” Thompson said.

After consulting with staff, Thompson said he will make known what specific areas of information Booth-Creek needs to provide.

In a previous interview, Thompson gave examples of studies it could require, such as a biological assessment or a wetlands study.

Thompson said the planning department has heard a large amount of feedback from homeowners in the area.

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“We’ve received many, many e-mails from homeowners who are opposed to the project,” he said.

The proposal, described as a two-person toboggan that would be controlled by riders and reach speeds of up to 25 mph, could involve a Environmental Impact Report.

An EIR could take as much as nine months to complete, Thompson said, meaning the project could stretch out far longer than Booth Creek’s initial estimation to begin construction early May 2010, according to its environmental questionnaire.