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Federal judge halts major Lake Tahoe ski resort expansion

HOMEWOOD, Calif. — Nearly one year to the day since a lawsuit was filed, a federal judge has sent a proposed Lake Tahoe ski resort expansion back to the drawing board.

The public interest law firm Earthjustice — representing the Friends of the West Shore and Tahoe Area Sierra Club — filed the suit on Jan. 5, 2012, in the U.S. District Court of Eastern California against the Homewood Mountain Ski Area Master Plan, naming the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, JMA Ventures (the San Francisco-based company that owns Homewood) and Placer County as defendants.

According to a Jan. 4, 2013, ruling from U.S. District Court Judge William B. Shubb, Placer County and TRPA improperly analyzed the possibility the developers, JMA, of could have proposed a smaller project.

Friends of the West Shore and Tahoe Area Sierra Club are hailing the court ruling as “vindication of their efforts to protect the beauty and clarity of the scenic lake,” according to a Monday morning press release.

“This decision is yet another reminder that the agencies entrusted with protecting beautiful Lake Tahoe, which has already suffered so much from runaway development, must not continue to allow private gain at the Lake’s expense,” said Wendy Park, an attorney with Earthjustice, in a statement.

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