The public comment period is now open on a draft environmental impact report for Heavenly Mountain Resort’s Epic Discovery Project, which aims to expand and diversify year-round recreational activities at the South Shore ski resort.
Among other things, the proposed project consists of adding a variety of activities at the resort, including a mountain bike park and several canopy tours and ziplines. Some would be inside the Lake Tahoe Basin, while others would be almost entirely outside of it.
The comment period, which closes Oct. 21, allows the public to voice any thoughts or concerns it may have with the report.
Public comments can be accepted at several public hearings during the next several weeks, with the first being at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Advisory Planning Commission Hearing on Sept. 10 at 9:30 a.m.
The second will be at the TRPA Governing Board Hearing on Sept. 24 at 9:30 a.m., and the third will be at the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board meeting Oct. 8 at 4 p.m.
Comments can also be submitted in writing to any of the responsible agencies, which will then distribute them amongst themselves and consider them in the environmental review process.
The agency helped direct the preparation of a joint environmental document for the project along with the U.S. Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board.
TRPA has reported that it has been identified as the primary point of contact to address questions and collect comments. Questions or public comments can be directed to TRPA Senior Planner David Landry at (775) 589-5214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The draft report is available online at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/HeavenlyEpicProject or at one of the agency offices.