Homewood master plan heads to TRPA
December 10, 2011
Placer County supervisors gave a collective nod to proposed redevelopment at Homewood Mountain Resort this week, sending the ski areaand#8217;s master plan to Lake Tahoe regulators for consideration.
On Tuesday, the Placer County Board of Supervisors unanimously denied an appeal to the Homewood project and made several approvals that will allow the proposal to take the next step.
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agencyand#8217;s Governing Board will consider approving the planand#8217;s environmental document at a meeting next week. The governing board will also consider making several rule changes necessary for the proposal to move forward.
The master plan includes construction of a five-star boutique hotel with up to 75 rooms, 56 residential condominiums, 47 multi-family condominiums, 48 ski-in ski-out chalets, 13 workforce housing apartments and development of 15,000 square feet of retail space.
Proponents of the project contend the development will give an economic boost to the entire West Shore and includes needed environmental benefits at the nearly 50-year-old resort.
The appeal of the project was filed by Friends of the West Shore, the League to Save Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Area Sierra Club.
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The groups have challenged the adequacy of the proposals environmental document on several fronts and believe the project is too large for the West Shore.
and#8220;The size and scale of the project is very overwhelming for such a confined area between the lake and the slope of the mountain,and#8221; Judith Tornese, with Friends of the West Shore, told supervisors Tuesday.
She urged the board to recommend a and#8220;substantial downsizeand#8221; of the project.
Rob Weston, president of the West Shore Association, questioned whether the ski resort can survive if the project is made smaller and said the proposal has widespread support.
and#8220;The general feeling amongst the homeowners and businesses of the West Shore and#8212; the general populous and#8212; is for the project,and#8221; Weston said.
The governing board meeting is scheduled for two days, starting Wednesday at 9 a.m. at Granlibakken in Tahoe City. The meeting will continue Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at the TRPA office in Stateline. Certification of the Homewood projectand#8217;s environmental document is the first item on the meetingand#8217;s agenda.
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