Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan and Phase 1 Project
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, approve large-lot and small-lot Tentative Subdivision Maps, and approve Conditional Use Permits and Design Review Permits before this project could be constructed as proposed. (See below link for information on the 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. The proposed project also includes a project-level development proposal (i.e., tentative map) that requires additional entitlements for a portion of the Plan area. These changes and additional entitlements require evaluation under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The County has determined that these changes and additional 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, and will evaluate the first phase of the Specific Plan, the Phase 1 Project, at a more detailed, project level. Prior to approval of subsequent phases of 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.
Updated Specific Plan - June 2013
Public Comments on the Notice of Preparation (received during the Notice of Preparation comment period from October 10 through November 9, 2012)
Initial Study - October 2012
Phase 1 Project
The first phase of the Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan would offer a range of lodging and recreational activities to serve guest and resident populations throughout the seasons. Phase 1 would be anchored by three condominium-hotel projects with different lodging options ranging from family-friendly to luxury accommodations. Designed to provide complementary uses within the existing resort environment, the major recreational components in Phase 1 include an outdoor winter ice skating rink/summer performance area adjacent to the Funitel Plaza, and an indoor water-focused Mountain Adventure Center (MAC). The MAC would offer activities such as indoor rock climbing, water-based recreation and rides in an extensive indoor/outdoor pool system, and additional entertainment options such as a bowling alley and a multi-generational arcade. (Complete Phase 1 Project Description)
First review of the project by the Squaw Valley Citizen's Design Review Committee:
Committee will discuss the proposed Design Guidelines of the Specific Plan, aesthetics, and site planning. Public comments are welcome.
November 7, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
Community Meeting Room at the Squaw Valley Public Services District
305 Squaw Valley Road
Above meeting will be followed by: (same location)
November 7, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
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 and Phase 1 Project. 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 and Phase I Project entitlement requests
For further information regarding The Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan and Phase 1 Project, please contact:
Alex Fisch, Project Manager
Placer County Planning Services
3091 County Center Drive Auburn, CA 95603
To request inclusion on The Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan and Phase 1 Project mailing list, e-mail Maywan Krach at firstname.lastname@example.org
, or call her at 530-745-3132.