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Meeting on transit center Aug. 27

Jeremy Morrison, Sun News Service

Olympic Valley – A special meeting regarding the proposed transit center on the 64-Acres parcel has been scheduled for Aug. 27 at the Resort at Squaw Creek. The meeting is a continuation of the appeal process began at the July Placer County Board of Supervisors meeting.

During the July 24 meeting, the board heard appeals against the Planning Commission’s approval of the three-acre project, which entails a 130-space parking lot and center for public transit.

“The next step is opening it to the public,” explained Steve Kastan, field deputy for Supervisor Rex Bloomfield. “It’s the chance for everyone else to speak.”

During the time the issue was originally slated for the agenda, two appellants presented their cases and county staff detailed the specifics of the project and reasons for supporting it.

On Aug. 27 the appellants and county staff will only answer questions from members of the public. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., with no set ending time.

“It’s pretty open ended,” said Kastan, adding that individual comment would most likely be limited to three minutes.

Kastan also said that the board will attempt to keep the comment fresh so you don’t have 10 people saying the same thing. [Chairman of the Board Bill] Santocci tries to keep that under control because it can get redundant.”

Following public comment, the Board of Supervisors will decide whether or not to uphold the planning commission’s decision, thus approving the project, or throw a victory to the appellants and give a thumbs-down to the proposed transit hub.

Up to this point in the process, going first to the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Committee and then to the Placer County Planning Department, official agencies have given support to the project.

The board of supervisors traditionally follows county staff’s recommendations.

According to Kastan, Tahoe’s representative, Bloomfield, has leaned toward an approval of the project but is prepared to hear the public’s comment.

“I think he’s been favorable for it, but I think he’s listening,” Kastan said. “I think he’s aware; he understands that this isn’t going to be an easy one.”

— Special public meeting on 64-Acres

— Monday, Aug. 27

— Resort at Squaw Creek, Grand Sierra room

— 6 p.m.

— Open for public comment on project


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