ABOUT THE PROJECT
Martis Valley West is a proposed 760-unit residential development with an additional 6.6 acres of businesses planned to be built on a ridgeline overlooking Lake Tahoe and the Martis Valley, immediately adjacent to the Tahoe Basin.
In 2016, Placer County approved the proposed project against strong opposition from the League, environmental organizations and community members who cited unavoidable impacts to Lake Tahoe's fragile environment, among other objections. After exhausting all other means to amend the project, the League to Save Lake Tahoe joined with Sierra Watch and Mountain Area Preservation to ask a court to enforce California’s environmental law to protect Lake Tahoe from pollution caused by the proposed Martis Valley West project.
In the spring of 2018, Placer County Superior Court issued an order to vacate and set aside Placer County’s 2016 approvals of the proposed Martis Valley West project, citing 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 project developers had originally also proposed development on adjacent land inside the Basin (the Brockway campground), but that property has been sold to the U.S. Forest Service where it will be protected from development in perpetuity.
The Third District Court of Appeals has tentatively scheduled oral arguments in our case against the Martis Valley West development project. The hearing will take place on December 17, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. This is likely the final step before the case is decided.
The hearing will likely be virtual and open to the public. We’ll share further details, including how to watch online, as we’re able.
In August of 2021, a court invalidated approvals for a proposed development project in Olympic Valley in a case very similar to Martis Valley West. In that decision, attorneys for Sierra Watch argued that the project’s environmental impact report intentionally failed to analyze or mitigate the project’s potential impacts to Lake Tahoe from added traffic. With a favorable decision in the Martis case, it will set a strong precedent to help secure responsible, Lake-friendly planning for the region.
Tahoe conservationists challenge Martis Valley West court decision
Court halts Martis Valley West project
Martis Valley Proposal In-Depth
View the Martis Valley West environmental review documents on Placer County's website
September 2016 League to Save Lake Tahoe Comments on Denying Martis Valley West Specific Plan
July 2016 League Statement on Placer County Planning Decision to reject Martis Valley West proposal
League Request to Open Public Comment on July 7, 2016
June 2016 League to Save Lake Tahoe Comments on FEIR for Martis Specific Plan | Cover letter
December 2015 League to Save Lake Tahoe Comments on DEIR for Martis Specific Plan | Cover letter
August 2015 League to Save Lake Tahoe Comments on Brockway Proposal
March 2015 League comments on Revised NOP for Martis Specific Plan
October 2014 comment letter to Placer County regarding the West Parcel Area Plan
Our Work: Regional Plan Update and Area Plan Implementation
Reno Gazette-Journal (November 2014) Tahoe residents: Northstar project is 'urban sprawl in the forest'