Opinion: Village at Squaw Valley development proposal is bad
April 26, 2016
A basic purpose of county government is to serve the public's interest, to meet our common needs (roads, safety, nuisance control, planning). But is Placer County serving in the public's interest at Tahoe?
KSL Capital/Squaw Valey Ski Holdings and Placer County just released the final EIR of the Village at Squaw Valley plan, signaling to me that KSL and the County are ignoring the 355 letters submitted on the Draft EIR for this project.
The County is proceeding with a Final EIR for a project that will cause over 20 significant environmental impacts, dismissing the hundreds of thoughtfully prepared letters asking for fewer impacts and more credible project assessments.
The level of environmental impacts to the North Tahoe community is staggering. Are KSL and our County deaf to the gasps of traffic-choked roads and diminishing water resources?
The letters written by citizens and concerned agencies requested a revised project that would reduce the magnitude of traffic, noise, water, air quality, greenhouse gas, habitat, night pollution and other "significant impacts." These are permanent impacts to us and the environment.
The County has an opportunity to step up and uphold its mission and vision (see their website). The County can exercise their responsibilities to uphold the public's interests.
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If we are already having two-hour traffic jams between Truckee and Alpine, how can the County OK a project that could take the traffic to the lowest possible rating for human tolerance and public safety?
Standing up for the public takes leadership.
Daniel D. Heagerty