Opinion: Martis Valley West a good project for Truckee-Tahoe
In 1847, my Great-Great-Grandfather, Zachariah Decker, as part of the Mormon Battalion, crossed over what is now known as Donner Pass and saw for himself the beauty of Donner Lake and the surrounding Martis Valley.
A lot has changed since the spring of 1847; however, the beauty of the surrounding area still continues to impress and amaze visitors and residents alike.
On Sept. 13, after a controversial and opinionated public hearing, the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted to approve the Martis Valley West Project.
This was the correct decision! The Martis Valley plan had previously been litigated and settled with environmental groups and interested parties in 2005. This plan set a limit for the amount of development that could be done in the Martis Valley area.
Sierra Pacific Industries, one of the last major land owners in the Martis Valley area, has come up with a great plan that will allow them to develop their private land responsibly. At the same time, this project will benefit the public by allowing us to have legal access for recreation to land that is now private and currently designated for development.
This plan will not put big high-rise buildings on the ridgelines, and it will not carpet the valley floor with new homes. This plan will reduce density by 600 units. It will concentrate the developed area onto the west side of Highway 267 near land that has already been impacted by development of the Northstar ski resort.
Most importantly, it will protect over 6,000 acres in perpetuity from development and allow us, our children and grandchildren to enjoy this beautiful land.
My children were born and raised here in Truckee and I hope my grandchildren will enjoy Truckee as much as I do. I realize that the Martis Valley will never look like it did when my Great-Great-Grandfather first saw it, but we need to develop responsibly and do our best to protect what is left.
The Placer County Board of Supervisors understands this and made the right decision.