Village At Squaw Valley Project: Renderings, New Opinions & A Workshop

Much of Squaw Valley would be filled with buildings near 100 ft tall if SVRE plans are approved.
Much of Squaw Valley would be filled with buildings near 100 ft tall if SVRE plans are approved.

My e-mail inbox and Facebook feed keep filling with more and more information regarding the Village at Squaw Valley project. It’s way more information than most people can digest. Last week, we reported on the release of the draft environmental impact report, which in itself totals more than 2,000 pages of reading. I’ll be honest in saying that I have not yet read more of that material since posting. Here’s a summary of the latest developments:

Placer County Releases Architectural Renderings Of The Village Project

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Placer County Senior Planner Alex Fisch announced this week that Placer County has added the architectural renderings for the Village project on the county page that has been dedicated to the latest Specific Plan. The renderings are intended to give us a conceptual look at most of the buildings that will be included within the project. In short, the building look unremarkable. They look like every ski “village” you have ever seen. The same drawings could reflect the architecture of Northstar, Whistler, or Mammoth. It’s difficult to truly estimate what those building would look like relative to the existing buildings and surrounding area, as few of the renderings are in situ. We’re anxious for some tech savvy person to present an accurate mockup of what what we can expect if Placer County approves the plan.

Sierra Watch Releases An Initial Response To The Specific Plan & dEIR
Image courtesy of Keep Squaw True
Image courtesy of Keep Squaw True/Sierra Watch

Sierra Watch has done a preliminary press release reiterating its concerns regarding the Village project. Although the project has been scaled down from what KSL Capital first proposed in 2011, the project still would be the largest project ever seen in the Sierra. The release highlights a list of concerns very similar to those we shared last week (and over the last 3 years), they note that they have “lined up a team of experts in planning, hydrology, wildlife biology, land use law, and even herpetology to analyze the Draft EIR and its findings.”

“We will engage the best experts in our review of the Draft EIR,” said Isaac Silverman, Staff Attorney for Sierra Watch.  “Squaw Valley deserves no less.”

Here’s the entire text of the Sierra Watch Press Release.

Friends Of Squaw Valley Will Offer An EIR Response Workshop On May 24th

The Friends of Squaw Valley will conduct a public workshop regarding the Village project dEIR on Sunday, May 24th. The goal of the workshop is how to write a response and express your concerns regarding the impacts of Squaw Valley Real Estate’s proposed Village at Squaw Valley. It’s important that people put Placer County on notice that the concerns surrounding the proposed development are real and that the need to protect Squaw Valley and the surrounding area is important to all of us. The workshop will be held on the 24th at 4 pm at the Squaw Valley Public Services District in the community meeting room, located on the west end of the fire station.


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