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Opinion: Placer County supes made right call on Martis Valley West

During the public hearing at the Board of Supervisors meeting held on 9/13, I witnessed a large number of members of our community rise their voices both in opposition and in support of the project.

Looking back, I feel much gratitude and pride for being part of a community with such passion and willingness to participate to make sure our collective concerns come up to light.

I would like to emphasize that, in general, I am not a fan of further development in the Tahoe-Truckee area. The local landscape and unique semi-rural lifestyle I fell in love with over a decade ago are the main reasons I continue to call this place home.

In an ideal world, I would like to see NO CHANGE WHATSOEVER to our beautiful Lake Tahoe basin and surroundings. Yet, reality is, CHANGE WILL CONTINUE TO HAPPEN, one way or another, in our lifetime or beyond.

But I am in SUPPORT of CONSERVATION, and when looking at the big picture, I strongly believe the development of the west parcel as proposed is the better alternative considering the options:

East Parcel: 1,360 units with potential for ZERO conservation of land.

West Parcel: 760 units maximum WITH potential for conservation of 6,000-plus acres.

I am so pleased to see conservation win this time around! My hope now is that, regardless of the MVWP any other development, we turn our attention to those separate concerns brought up during the public hearing last month.

Traffic, pollution, safety, evacuation plans, etc., are PROBLEMS that we ALREADY face WITH or WITHOUT any development. Let’s talk about traffic mitigation, workforce housing expansion, fire danger prevention, evacuation plansŠ There’s so much more to be done!

Pia Newman


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