Martis Valley West Parcel Specific Plan policies require that where access to public trails exists today, such access will be provided in the future. Whether or not private trails on the East Parcel become public will ultimately depend upon land ownership. Trails are likely to become public if the land is owned by a land trust or conservation group and are likely to remain private if the land is owned by Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI).
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The Martis Valley West Parcel Specific Plan (MVWPSP) would preserve the 6,376-acre East Parcel as permanent open space. The property would be conveyed to conservation groups for fee simple ownership or placed in a conservation easement. The entire East Parcel would be designated Forest and remain undeveloped. In addition, 352 acres of the West Parcel would be preserved as open space, designated as Forest, and undeveloped, and 65 acres in the northwest corner of the West Parcel would remain designated Forest and undeveloped except for utility infrastructure. A map of the MVWPSP proposed open space areas is provided on Page 7 in the September 23rd Presentation (PDF).
Fibreboard Freeway is a paved roadway that extends approximately 9 miles through forested lands from Tahoe City to Brockway Summit at State Route 267. The roadway crosses public and private lands and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Fibreboard Freeway at Brockway Summit is a key recreational access point and will remain open to the public. The Specific Plan proposes to designate Fibreboard Freeway, which lies immediately south of the proposed development area, as a seasonal emergency vehicle access route. This designation would not result in any change in ownership, nor would it preclude existing and future public use.
Under the Martis Valley West Parcel Specific Plan, there would be public and private hiking, biking, cross-country ski, and snow shoe trails on both the East Parcel and the West Parcel, as well as community swimming pool(s), tennis courts, fitness facilities for resident and visitor use on the West Parcel. No golf course or other major destination recreation facility would be developed under the Specific Plan.