Northstar compromises to gain development rights |

Northstar compromises to gain development rights

After reaching a compromise with environmentalists, a developer won approval to nearly double the number of residential units at the Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort.

East West Partners’ plan to build 1,450 condominium and townhome units cleared the Placer County Planning Commission last week. The decision is final unless the vote is appealed to county supervisors.

Plans call for the units to be “ski-in, ski-out” residences to reduce traffic at the resort just north of the nation’s largest alpine lake.

Representatives of the environmental groups Sierra Watch and Mountain Area Preservation Foundation said they have reached a tentative agreement with East West Partners that satisfies their concerns about the Highlands project.

The compromise calls for a transfer fee agreement that would generate money to buy or conserve land in the nearby Martis Valley, said Tom Mooers, Sierra Watch executive director.

– Wire report

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