Three years later, Northstar, developer sign agreement
Three years of negotiations finally paid off.
The Northstar Property Owner’s Association, Northstar and East West Partners have come to an agreement about the future of development in the Northstar area.
“We all, at times, got frustrated and didn’t see a way out of a certain issue,” said Roger Lessman, managing partner of East West Partners’ Lake Tahoe office.
“The most important feature of this agreement is the density reduction limiting future growth at Northstar, so that the number of future residences will be significantly less than what current zoning allows,” Jim Williams, president of the NPOA board, said in a press release.
There are currently about 1,450 homeowners at Northstar between single family homes and condominiums. The agreement caps building at another 1,800 units. Current Placer County zoning at Northstar allows an additional 3,269 units.
Another big issue was traffic on Northstar Drive. With Northstar’s village expansion in the works, homeowners were worried about traffic through their neighborhoods.
A condition of the agreement is that day-skier parking will be located near the entrance of Northstar, and a shuttle will transport visitors to the village.
Other agreements include an expanded recreation center, applying sustainable design to future construction, the dedication of a 47-acre permanent conservation easement, mountain improvements and expanded Northstar transit.
In a letter to Northstar property owners posted on the group’s Web site, Williams wrote that he was pleased with the agreement and feels it reflects that “all parties believe that protecting the quality of life, and potentially enhancing it [and] preserving the natural environment are paramount considerations.”
Once the agreement was signed, all parties took it to Placer County to get the zoning on the property reduced.
Coming during the update of the Martis Valley Community Plan, Lessman of East West Partners believes that this agreement has the potential to act as a model to other development going on in the valley.
“At the end of the day, we would expect the final result of the Martis Valley Community Plan will reflect the zoning density in the [memorandum of understanding],” Lessman said.
“[The homeowners] have a vested interest in the community,” Lessman said. “It’s a very special place to them.”
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