Village at Palisades Tahoe Specific Plan

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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) had deficiencies with four specific analyses and directed the county to take action to decertify the Final EIR and un-adopt project approvals. On November 8, 2022, the Board of Supervisors took action to decertify the Final EIR and rescind the project approvals in accordance with the appellate court decision.

The project proponent, Alterra Mountain Company, has worked with the county staff and the environmental consultant to revise portions of the EIR analysis in response to the appellate court decision. The partially revised draft EIR is available at the link below for public review and comment from November 30, 2022, through January 30, 2023. The Placer County Planning Commission will hear public comments on the revised draft EIR at a public meeting on Thursday, January 19, 2023, at the Planning Commission Hearing Room, located at 3091 County Center Drive in Auburn, Ca. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and will be streamed virtually via Zoom. County staff will periodically post updates to this site with additional information pertaining to potential hearing schedule as that information becomes available. Please check back here for updates.

Project Documents

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Patrick Dobbs, Senior Planner

(530) 745-3060

Email: [email protected]


Alex Fisch, Supervising Planner

(530) 745-3081

Email: [email protected]

Project Map

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Animations of Proposed Project

Village Core Animation - Arrival Experience

West Village Animation - Lodging

Village Plaza Animation