Basecamp at the Village at Squaw Valley. Base Camp is located on First Street on the east end of the Village in Building 5, next to Wanderlust Yoga Studio.Who:
Keep Squaw True supporters, concerned Tahoe residents, and their friendsRSVP:
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we’ll have a Keep Squaw True T-shirt waiting for you.
With your help we’ve made it clear that Squaw Valley and North Lake Tahoe deserve better than the traffic, noise, and environmental degradation promised by KSL’s proposal.
Planning Commission Meeting – June 26
Just as importantly, we’ve demonstrated that our community will stand up to make sure that any new development in Squaw is worthy of the Tahoe Sierra. That’s why we packed the Planning Commission meeting in Kings Beach with concerned citizens wearing Keep Squaw True T-Shirts. And it’s why three hundred and forty four individuals, jurisdictions, environmental organizations, and regulatory agencies submitted comments on the draft Environmental Impact Report; all but four were critical of the project and environmental assessment.
Now it’s time to do it again.
On Monday August 17th, Vice President of Development for KSL owned Squaw Valley Real Estate Chevis Hosea is scheduled to make a presentation to the Squaw Valley Design Review Committee. In this presentation he will respond to their recommendations for changes to the proposal’s design guidelines.
We expect that Chevis’ presentation will be slick, complete with 3D animations and a beautiful scale model, and that none of the minor edits will address the core problem with KSL’s proposal—that it’s of a size scale and scope that’s incompatible with the environment, infrastructure, and way of life in Squaw Valley and North Lake Tahoe.
And that’s why when the floor is opened for public comment, we anticipate that we’ll be asking the Design Review Committee to recommend denying KSL’s design as proposed.
I hope you can join us, put on a Keep Squaw True tee, and help send the message once again that Squaw Valley deserves better.
RSVP to Isaac email@example.com to let us know that you are coming. Include your t-shirt size and we will give you a “Keep Squaw True” t-shirt next week at the meeting. We’ll have a table set up outside so you can’t miss us.
And if you already have a shirt, wear it! The more purple the better.
What: Put on a Keep Squaw True T-Shirt and show up at KSL’s presentation to the Squaw Valley Design Review Committee.
When: Monday August 17, 3:00 pm, meeting starts at 3:30.
Where: Base Camp at the Village at Squaw Valley. Base Camp is located on First Street on the east end of the Village in Building 5, next to Wanderlust Yoga Studio.
Who: Keep Squaw True supporters, concerned Tahoe residents, and their friends.
RSVP: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll have a Keep Squaw True T-shirt waiting for you.
Denver-based KSL Capital Partners purchased Squaw Valley in 2010 and is now pursuing a sweeping set of entitlements that would remake the region with development of a size, scale, and scope Tahoe has never seen.
Their current proposal, known as the Squaw Valley Village Specific Plan, includes a series of highrise hotels and condo projects with more than 1,500 new bedrooms and a massive indoor amusement park as wide as a Walmart and ten-stories tall, with waterslides, fake rivers, arcades, and simulated sky-diving.
All told, the project would be so big it would take 25 years of day and night construction to complete.
Decision-makers need to know how you feel about it.
State planning law − the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) − requires thorough environmental review of large development proposals. In May, Placer County released its initial assessment, known as a Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR), designed to encourage public scrutiny and citizen involvement.
The Draft EIR for the proposed Squaw Valley development runs more than 2,000 pages and assesses the project’s potential impacts on everything from water quality to climate change.
Even a quick read makes it clear that KSL’s proposed development would transform Squaw Valley into a noisy, urbanized place. In the terminology of the Draft EIR, proposed development would have “significant” and “unavoidable” impacts on Squaw Valley − and beyond. For example:
- Traffic: According to the document, development would add to area traffic and “exacerbate unacceptable operations” on Squaw Valley Road, on Highway 89 in Tahoe City, in Truckee, and in between.
- Views: To Squaw’s iconic mountain scenery, the project would make a “substantial contribution to the cumulative degradation of the existing visual character or quality of the site and its surroundings” with a “significant and unavoidable impact on scenic vistas.”
- Noise: The project would generate noise louder than “applicable Placer County noise standards”, especially for the 25 years it would be under construction − even at night.
Equally remarkable is the information and impacts not included in the Draft EIR. For example, assessment of local water supplies is based on a study that does not include records from the current, record-breaking drought, they don’t even analyze traffic impacts on Saturday morning in the winter, and impacts to Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River are completely ignored.
Fortunately, CEQA is designed to encourage public involvement and three hundred forty four individuals, organizations, regulatory agencies, and jurisdictions sent letters to Placer County commenting on the draft Environmental Impact Report before the dealine. All but four were critical of either the proposal, the report, or both.
I strongly recommend you follow the link below and skim a few of the letters, many of them are powerfully written:
Placer County dEIR Comments (http://www.placer.ca.gov/departments/communitydevelopment/envcoordsvcs/eir/villageatsquawvalley/comments%20received%20on%20draft%20eir)
Even if you missed the deadline for the public comment period, it was only the first step in what we expect will be a long public review process. And next week’s Design Review Committee hearing is your next opportunity to make your voice heard. Come join us!
Reminder: RSVP to Isaac email@example.com with a t-shirt size and we will give you your shirt next week. The more purple the better!