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 ruling comes in response to action by the League to Save Lake Tahoe, who had joined with Sierra Watch and Mountain Area Preservation to ask a court to enforce California’s environmental law to protect Lake Tahoe from pollution from the proposed Martis Valley West project.
Martis Valley West is a massive proposed residential and commercial development in Placer County. It would be located just outside the north rim of the Tahoe Basin on the west side of Highway 267, and would add 760 homes and over 6 acres of commercial development alongside that busy traffic corridor. Environmental review for the project found it would greatly increase traffic to Lake Tahoe, which has become a major source of pollution threatening the Lake’s clarity.
The developers has originally also proposed development on adjacent land inside the Basin (the Brockway campground), but that is now to be sold to the U.S. Forest Service.
The League and our partners exhausted every possible means of attempting to convince the developer to adjust the Martis proposal to protect Lake Tahoe and have been ignored. Legal action was the only remaining course of action. Throughout this effort, the League will continue to look out for the best interests of the Lake and ensure that environmental goals of the regional plan are met.
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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'