Sierra Watch, Mountain Area Preservation, and the League to Save Lake Tahoe celebrate a court decision handed down Monday that halts the controversial Martis Valley West Project, a massive North Tahoe development proposal.
Placer County Superior Court issued an order to vacate and set aside Placer County’s 2016 approvals of the project, focusing on Placer County’s failure to provide sufficient analysis of the project’s impacts on emergency evacuation, such as in the event of a wildfire. The proposed project is located in a very high severity fire zone.
The conservation groups contend that the region’s community will benefit from the stoppage of a project that would threaten public safety, the local environment, and Lake Tahoe.
From Placer County’s website–
The Martis Valley West Parcel Specific Plan (MVWPSP) proposes residential and commercial uses on a portion of the West Parcel, and would permanently preserve the East Parcel as open space. The project proposes the transfer of 760 units and 6.6 acres of commercial from the designated development of 1,360 units and 6.6 acres of commercial on the East Parcel (under the existing Martis Valley Community Plan) to the West Parcel. A portion of the West Parcel (662 acres) would be rezoned from Timberland Production (TPZ) to Residential, allowing for the development of residential units and associated commercial, homeowner amenities, and small community retail uses. The remaining 390 acres on the West Parcel would remain designated Forest and would be zoned TPZ. The MVWPSP provides a comprehensive set of goals and policies, project objectives and implementation measures to guide the development of the West Parcel, and establishes Development Standards for parcel layout, buildings, and facilities, as well as Design Guidelines for architecture, landscaping, and other project elements.
A component of the MVWPSP is the conservation of the 6,376-acre East Parcel. The MVWPSP proposes the permanent retirement of 600 allowable units and redesignation of the 670 acres of the East Parcel currently zoned for development to Forest. The mechanism for preserving the East Parcel would consist of either (1) sale of the East Parcel to a land trust or similar organization, or (2) recordation of a conservation easement restricting use of the East Parcel.