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July 30, 2012
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Placer supes hear initial report on proposed Squaw village development

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — At a regularly scheduled Placer County Board of Supervisors meeting last Tuesday at the Resort at Squaw Creek, planning staff gave a presentation on a proposed project that would increase the number of rooms, retail shopping areas and other amenities at the Village at Squaw Valley.

Squaw Valley Resorts is proposing a project on a 100-acre portion of the 4,700-acre Squaw Valley General Plan area. According to a county press release, the developer proposes to amend the General Plan to develop a recreation-based, all-season resort community consisting of 1,275 fractional ownership residential and guest accommodation units that would include condominium hotels and semi-attached and detached fractional ownership residential properties.

The four-phase development would be built over 12 to 15 years — the first phase would include approximately 25 acres and almost 1 million square feet of development, according to the plan.

Planning staff made the presentation and responded to supervisor questions last Tuesday. The developer also was on hand to answer questions.

“This will be a very closely watched proposal as it could have substantial impacts — positive or negative — on water, traffic, air and other quality of life issues for Olympic Valley residents and businesses in the Eastern end of Placer County,” said Chairwoman Jennifer Montgomery, whose fifth district includes Squaw Valley. “Placer County is committed to a full, robust, open and transparent process that will include the voices and input of all affected stakeholders in the region.”

Members of the public also commented, voicing concerns over several aspects of the project, including size, building height, water and its effect on the valley and Squaw Creek and the Squaw Valley community.

There will be numerous opportunities for public comment, including at upcoming meetings of the Squaw Valley Municipal Advisory Council and Placer County Planning Commission, along with the Board of Supervisors again. Those meetings are yet to be determined.

There will also be opportunities for public comment on the environmental documentation process.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 30, 2012 07:47PM Published Jul 30, 2012 07:43PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.