Opinion: Squaw redevelopment proposal a nightmare in the making
This opinion letter was submitted to the Sun on Aug. 10, a day before last week’s hearing on the Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan before the Placer County Planning Commission.
Dear Placer County Commissioners: Firstly, let me thank you for your hard work on behalf of Placer County. I am trusting the Commission will place high value on the proper, ecological and sustainable stewardship of both Alpine Meadows where I reside and Squaw Valley next door.
In my opinion, KSL and the proposed Village at Squaw is the greatest nightmare in the making. But there are several other projects also being pushed through and need to be considered for their cumulative impact, including the proposed luxury estates of Alpine Sierra Development, White Wolf and the Base-to-Base Gondola over Granite Chief Wilderness.
If these 4 projects are green-lit through Placer County, an entire ecosystem, and therefore, a way of life, will be torn asunder. These developments will completely erode any hope of preservation and conservation in this area.
These developments will make a lot of money for their owners whilst destroying an ecosystem, damaging and polluting the snow run-off and creek drainage, further deplete our alpine aquifers, cause significant noise, light and sound pollution, and aggravate our already Level F traffic conditions on holidays and snow days.
Additionally, the Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan does little to address the need for employee housing or advocate for its low and middle-income constituents. Commuting to work locally will be unendurable.
These projects along with the continued unchecked growth are unsustainable.
Please, residents and visitors of the great region continue to stand against these projects. Don’t get discouraged. Please, Placer County Commissioners, wake up and vote No! Please KSL and Mr. Wirth, stop this project before it is too late.
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