Background

Early Input

In December 2011, Squaw Valley Real Estate, LLC submitted an application to Placer County seeking adoption of the "Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan." Since the time of the initial application submittal, the Specific Plan has been through a number of internal review and comment cycles with the County staff, and numerous public meetings have been held to receive early input on the project from responsible and trustee agencies, adjacent property owners, public interest groups and from the general public. As a result of the County’s public engagement, and due to the high profile nature of this project and the applicant’s own public outreach efforts, the Specific Plan proposal has received valuable early input.

Applicant Response

In January 2014, the applicant formally responded by releasing a revised Specific Plan. The County recently received an updated version of the Specific Plan (October 2014 Draft (PDF)), which includes revised and expanded Design Guidelines (Appendix B (PDF)). Specific Plan Chapters 1 through 8 were not modified except where necessary to clarify text or plan policies, or to clarify or enhance graphics. Placer County is currently preparing a Program Environmental Impact Report to analyze the environmental impacts of implementation of the project, and the Draft Environmental Impact Report will be publicly circulated in early 2015.

Plan Proposal

The Specific Plan proposes to comprehensively plan development of 94 acres at the west end of Squaw Valley adjacent to the existing Village area, including the 8.8-acre “East Parcel” located 100 yards northeast of the intersection of Squaw Valley Road and Squaw Creek Road. The 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 20- to 25-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 to these actions, environmental review to determine compliance with California Environmental Quality Act (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.