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Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan


In December 2011, Squaw Valley Real Estate, LLC submitted an application to Placer County seeking adoption of the "Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan" which proposes to comprehensively plan development of 101.5 acres at the west end of Squaw Valley adjacent to the existing Village area. The mixed-use phased Specific Plan would develop resort-residential, visitor accommodations, commercial, health and well-being, and recreational uses as well as parking and other visitor amenities over an estimated 12 to 15-year plan area build-out. In order to approve the request, the County would need to certify an Environmental Impact Report and approve a General Plan Amendment to adopt the Specific Plan, and approve a large-lot Tentative Subdivision Map. Subsequent environmental review to determine compliance with CEQA and approval of small-lot Tentative Subdivision Maps, Conditional Use Permits and Design Review Permits would be required prior to construction of projects within the Specific Plan area. (See below link for information on the Specific Plan.)

Specific Plan

A specific plan is a tool for the systematic implementation of the general plan. It effectively establishes a link between implementing policies of the General Plan and the individual development proposals in a defined area. A specific plan may be as general as setting forth broad policy concepts, or as detailed as providing direction to every facet of development from the type, location and intensity of uses to the design and capacity of infrastructure; from the resources used to finance public improvements to the design guidelines of a subdivision. The proposed Specific Plan is the first specific plan proposed under the Squaw Valley General Plan and Land Use Ordinance, which was adopted by Placer County in 1983. The proposed project includes limited changes (i.e., amendments) to the land uses previously approved for the site in the General Plan. These changes and the Specific Plan proposal require evaluation under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The County has determined that these changes and entitlements could result in potentially significant impacts on the environment, and has therefore determined that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be prepared to evaluate these potential impacts.

The EIR will evaluate the environmental effects of the Specific Plan at a program level. Prior to approval of any project within the Specific Plan, each phase will be reviewed to determine if it is within the scope of the Program EIR, or if additional CEQA analysis is needed.

In December 2013, the applicant revised the proposed Specific Plan. Provided below is a "Summary of Changes" between the June 2013 document and the currently proposed Specific Plan ("Januar 2014" below). Reviewing the January 2014 and June 2013 Specific Plans concurrent with the Summary of Changes may be helpful.

Summary of Changes

The Summary of Changes document serves as a supplement to the January 2014 Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan. This Summary offers an “at-a-glance” reference highlighting the major revisions and adjustments between the January 2014 Specific Plan and the prior June 2013 Specific Plan. All paragraph or section references in this document refer to the locations in the June 2013 Specific Plan that have been revised.

Specific Plan - January 2014 Specific Plan - June 2013

Public Meetings

  • February 6, 2014 - The Squaw Valley Citizen's Design Review Committee. Committee will meet to review and discuss the proposed Design Guidelines of the Specific Plan, aesthetics, and site planning.
  • February 6, 2014 - Squaw Valley Municipal Advisory Council (MAC). Project update presentation by County staff
  • The Squaw Valley Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Squaw Valley Public Service District offices in the Community Meeting Room. Their agendas are available on the Board of Supervisors website. Staff will present periodic project updates to the MAC throughout the project review, which is estimated to be 18 to 24 months.
  • Planning Commission - Staff will periodically update the Planning Commission on the status of The Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan. The Commission will conduct a public hearing to receive comments on the Draft EIR after it has been distributed for review. The Commission will hold another public hearing after the Final EIR has been completed and will consider taking action on the project.
  • Board of Supervisors - Staff will update the Board of Supervisors on project milestones prior to the Board's consideration of the Specific Plan entitlement requests

Contact Us

For further information regarding The Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan, please contact:

    Alex Fisch, Project Manager
    Placer County Planning Services
    3091 County Center Drive Auburn, CA 95603
    Phone: 530-745-3081
    FAX: 530-745-3080

Mailing List

To request inclusion on The Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan mailing list, e-mail Maywan Krach at, or call her at 530-745-3132.