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Opinion: Squaw Valley MAC makes wrong decision with Palisades

The Squaw Valley MAC has purposely ignored provisions of the Squaw Valley Community Plan.

The evening of October 6, the Squaw Valley Municipal Advisory Council (SVMAC) voted to recommend that the Placer County Planning Commission approve a new development in the valley. That development is called The Palisades at Squaw Valley, and it would add 48 new structures near the mouth of the valley that would accommodate as many as 463 persons. The development does not have to be approved by the Placer County Board of Supervisors.

Last March, Judy Carini and I submitted a carefully researched report to the SVMAC and to the Board of Supervisors that demonstrated that Squaw Valley has accommodations that are already at the 11,000 to 12,000 person maximum nightly occupancy limit specified in the 1983 Squaw Valley General Plan and Land Use Ordinances (SVGPLUO). We reiterated this conclusion at the meeting before the MAC members voted to recommend The Palisades.

What does this mean? At the worst, it means that the SVGPLUO with all of its protective provisions can be, and is going to be, ignored whenever wished from now on.

The 1983 SVGPLUO needs help, but I don¹t think that its provisions should be ignored until there is a new community-influenced revision.

Dave Brew

Olympic Valley