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Board to Consider Proposed Truckee River Corridor Access Plan; Receive Updates on County, TRPA Planning Efforts in Tahoe Basin

July 20, 2012

The Placer County Board of Supervisors will be asked to take an important step in development of the proposed Truckee River Corridor Access Plan during a meeting to be held at Squaw Valley Tuesday.

The project is a county-led effort to restore and enhance the river corridor’s ecology, water quality and recreation for residents and visitors while protecting the property rights of corridor landowners. The Truckee River has been designated an impaired body of water by the State of California.

At Tuesday’s meeting, board members will be asked to approve a $315,000 contract with AECOM Technical Services to prepare an environmental impact report on the project.

In a report to the board, Director Michael J. Johnson of the county Community Development Resource Agency (CDRA) notes that no agency has jurisdiction over all of the land in the river corridor or control over possible solutions to its problems.

“However, leadership in the form of coordination of plans and projects can go a long way toward creating solutions,” he explains. “The Placer County Planning Division has taken the first steps toward this coordination by funding the preparation of the Truckee River Corridor Access Plan to identify environmental and access-related river corridor issues and projects.”

He says the plan will seek to provide a guiding vision for:

  • Directing land management activities;
  • Enhancing, restoring and protecting natural resources; and
  • Developing trails, staging areas and other potential low-intensity recreational facilities.

The board is scheduled to meet Monday and Tuesday in the Resort at Squaw Creek, 400 Squaw Creek Road, in Squaw Valley. Monday’s meeting is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday’s meeting will take place at 9 a.m.

Monday’s session will begin with a 1:30 p.m. tour of the Customs House in Tahoe City. Customs House is a new county facility that houses staff from the CDRA, County Executive Office, Environmental Health Division and Assessor’s Office. The facility serves as a one-stop center for development-related services.

The board will convene in the Resort at Squaw Creek at 3 p.m. Monday. The agenda includes a report from the Tahoe City Public Utility District on two projects Placer County has helped fund: acquisition of the Tahoe City Golf Course and construction of the Lakeside Trail.

Tuesday’s board agenda include reports from county staff on the Tahoe Basin Community Plan Update and from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency on its Regional Plan Update.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda is an initial presentation from the Planning Services Division on the proposed Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan and a Phase 1A project. The staff presentation will include an overview of the project entitlement requests and the status of the environmental review.