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Public hearing on proposed upgrades at Northstar set for Nov. 28

TRUCKEE, Calif. - The public will have an opportunity next week to offer feedback on major proposed upgrades at Northstar California Resort as part of the mountain's long-term master plan.

An Environmental Impact Report scoping meeting allowing public comment will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach.

"It is extremely important to us to continue enhancing the guest experience while also protecting the environment," said Bill Rock, Northstar's chief operating officer, in a press release. "We look forward to reviewing the plans with the public and local leaders to receive further input."

The master plan submitted to Placer County for environmental review outlines Northstar's proposed mountain improvements over the next 10 to 15 years, which are based on guest feedback with the intent to enhance overall guest experience and the environment, according to Northstar

The proposed improvements include:

• Advancing terrain and gladed backcountry terrain on Sawtooth Ridge through lift access.

• Adding approximately 300 acres of new ski trails on the eastern and western slopes of Mt. Pluto, the northeastern slopes of Sawtooth Ridge, and Lookout Mountain, to be accessed by seven new lifts.

• Enhancing the resort's snowmaking system through new and improved technological and energy efficiencies.

• Adding additional seating and restrooms and enchanting food services at on-mountain skier service sites.

• Widening trails, skier bridges and upgrading existing lifts to improve skier circulation within existing terrain.

"The Northstar Mountain Master Plan illustrates an exciting next step in our vision for the future of Northstar," Rock said.

The plan was developed using environmental principles and strategies established in Northstar's Habitat Management Plan, which seeks to conserve and enhance the "natural resource values" of Northstar lands, according to the press release.

The EIR will evaluate the project's potential impacts to the region and will identify feasible mitigation measures to reduce or avoid them.

If the project is approved, build-out would likely occur between 2024 and 2029, according to Northstar's website.

Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Dec. 5, and can be sent to Maywan Krach, Environmental Coordination Services, at the Placer County Community Development Resource Agency, 3091 County Center Drive, Suite 190, Auburn, CA 95603 or emailed to cdraecs@placer.ca.gov.

To review Northstar's master plan, visit: www.placer.ca.gov/Department/CommunityDevelopment/EnvCoordSvcs/EIR.aspx.

For additional information, go to www.NorthstarCalifornia.com/masterplan.


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