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MAP encourages agencies, organizations and community members to attend the hearing, learn about the proposed project and make public testimony. On July 7th the Planning Commission made a recommendation to deny the project, a 5-2 vote. Over 300 people were in attendance with over 30 public testimonies requesting the commission to deny the proposal. The Planning Commissions main concerns and questions surrounding project impacts were regarding wildfire, emergency evacuation, traffic impacts to HWY 267, public safety and cumulative impacts to Lake Tahoe.

The Martis Valley West Parcel Specific Plan poses serious threats to the environment and public safety. Construction for full build out of 760 homes and 6.6 acres of commercial would take 20 years. The project proposes excessive building heights; Single Family Residential 42 ft, Multi-Family Residential 50 ft, Condos 75 ft and Commercial 60 ft. The development is located on a scenic ridge line adjacent to Brockway Summit, and will be visible to the Lake Tahoe Basin and Martis Valley! Your attendance is needed and makes a difference, please attend the Board of Supervisors hearing on September 13. If you are unable to attend we encourage you to write Placer County Board of Supervisors to voice your concerns, BOS@Placer.Ca.Gov

The Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) was released on May 3rd, and unfortunately it dismissed over 150 comment letters submitted on the Draft Environmental Impact Report, pointing out inadequate environmental analysis, missing CEQA mandated analysis, inadequate mitigation measures and piecemeal planning with the Brockway Campground proposal. Although the Brockway Campground sale was just announced to the USFS (9.7.16) the appraisal and sale will not conclude till December 2017, with the actual sale dependent on the value. Mark Pawlicki with SPI said the appraisal will based on the fact that a campground could go there, and does not anticipate the number coming in too low. Pawlicki told Lake Tahoe News if a price can’t be agreed upon, the campground idea could be resurrected.

The Attorney General also weighed in on the Martis Valley West FEIR, stating the EIR is inadequate and cannot be certified. The attorneys at the office submitted a letter documenting how the project did not analyze impacts to the Lake Tahoe Basin or propose mitigation measures to address impacts to traffic, water quality or air quality. Martis Valley West Letter From Attorney General.

We support the conservation of the East side parcel, yet we cannot support the proposed Specific Plan for the West side. The proposal is over-scaled without mitigation measures, environmental impacts would be a detriment to public safety & natural resources, and the cumulative impacts would exceed the carrying capacity for Lake Tahoe & Martis Valley! MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD – SAY NO TO MARTIS VALLEY WEST!

 To learn more about the Martis Valley West Parcel project visit the Placer County Website.

Top 10 Environmental CEQA Issues with Martis Valley West

1.) Piecemeal Planning/Segmentation of Brockway Campground

2.) Mandated Cumulative Impact Analysis For Foreseeable Projects & Lake Tahoe Basin Impacts

3.) Assumes NO Biological Impacts For West Side Parcel, Due To Conservation Of East Side Parcel

4.) Inadequate Analysis Of Visual Impacts & Night Sky Pollution to Martis Valley & Lake Tahoe

5.) Traffic & Circulation Impacts

  • Hwy 267 LOS F (Public Safety Hazard)
  • Cumulative Traffic Impacts to Truckee & Lake Tahoe Basin Not Analyzed Or Mitigated
  • Winter Vehicle Trip Generation Calculated Wrong
  • Summer Traffic & Trip Generation Not Identified
  • Projects Overall Vehicle Trip Analysis Underestimated
  • Residential Assumption Of Only 20% Full-Time Residents
  • New Project Access Point Off HWY 267 (Public Safety Hazard)
  • Regional Traffic Impacts To I-80 Not Analyzed
  • Impacts To Public Transit Not Analyzed or Mitigated
  • No Analysis of Construction Related Impacts Analyzed
  • Flaws In Air Quality & GHG Analysis Due To Errors In Traffic Analysis

6.) Project Fails To Evaluate Climate Change, Underestimates GHG, & Fails To Adopt Feasible Mitigation

7.) Fails To Analyze/Mitigate Hazards For Wildfire & Emergency Evacuation

8.) EIR Does Not Account For Drought In California

9.) Impacts To Water Quality & Hydrology Not Analyzed/Mitigated

10.) Analysis Of Project Alternatives Inadequate