Village at Palisades Tahoe Specific Plan

(Formerly known as the Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan) 

Project Overview and Background

The Village at Palisades Tahoe Specific Plan is located within the 4,700-acre Olympic Valley General Plan area in northeastern Placer County. The plan area encompasses a total of approximately 93.33 acres consisting primarily of the 85-acre resort village located at the west end of the Valley within the existing Palisades Ski Resort base area.  In addition, an approximately 8.8-acre area referred to as the East Parcel, is located approximately 1.3 miles east of the main village area and 0.3 miles west of the intersection of SR 89 and Olympic Valley Road, across the street from the Olympic Valley Public Services District offices and fire station.

The specific plan would implement a hospitality and recreation-based, all-season mountain resort community with up to 850 hotel, condominium-hotel, and fractional ownership residential units and a maximum of 1,493 resort bedrooms. The project includes development of new commercial, retail, and recreational land uses similar to uses currently allowed under the Olympic Valley General Plan and Land Use Ordinance, the community plan which establishes land uses and policies for Olympic Valley. Some of these land uses include skier services, retail shopping, restaurants and bars, entertainment, and public and private recreation facilities. New and replacement commercial uses in the plan area would total up to 297,733 gross square feet.  

The project was approved by the Board of Supervisors on November 15, 2016 and was subsequently litigated. The appellate court determined the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) analysis had deficiencies with four specific analyses within the EIR. Placer County anticipates the court will require the county to take action to decertify the Final EIR and un-adopt project approvals. The County has tentatively scheduled this action for the October 25, 2022, Board of Supervisors hearing in Tahoe, location and time to be determined. 

The project proponent, Alterra Mountain Company, is working with the county staff and the environmental consultant to revise portions of the EIR analysis in response to the appellate court decision. A new project application will be made this Fall. County staff will periodically post updates to this site with additional information pertaining to potential hearing schedule as that information becomes available. Following circulation of the Revised EIR analysis, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider the adequacy of the Revised EIR and to make recommendation to the Board of Supervisors on the project entitlements. Prior to these actions, County staff will conduct workshops for the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. Please check back here for updates.

Project Documents

Project Contacts

Patrick Dobbs, Senior Planner

(530) 745-3060

Email: [email protected]


Alex Fisch, Supervising Planner

(530) 745-3081

Email: [email protected]