Fate of Martis Valley nears
TRUCKEE – Two luxury home developments proposed for the Martis Valley will be voted on by the Placer County Board of Supervisors next week.
Eaglewood, a 462-home golf course proposal on 475 acres northwest of the Lahontan subdivision, was approved by the Placer County planning commission in June. That decision was appealed by several environmental groups.
Nevada City-based Sierra Watch, the group leading the opposition, has said the project is an example of urban sprawl that would increase traffic and air pollution and destroy biological resources.
Meanwhile, the Town of Truckee and the Workforce Housing Association of Truckee Tahoe praised the development for including 56 affordable housing units for the employees it will attract.
Eaglewood will be heard by the supervisors on Monday, Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. at the North Tahoe Conference Center in Kings Beach.
On Tuesday, Oct. 5, Siller Ranch will be considered. That project, which was appealed by the town of Truckee and several environmental groups, includes two golf courses, 726 residential units and a clubhouse. The 2,177-acre project is planned for south of the Lahontan subdivision.
Truckee appealed the Placer County planning commission’s decision because the proposal includes no affordable housing. Although the county has assured that it will require affordable housing from the developer, there is no indication when or where the units will be created, town officials said.
Siller Ranch is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the North Tahoe Conference Center in King Beach.
Both subdivisions have plans to put gates at their entrances, an issue that stirred controversy at the last meeting.
They are being processed under the 2003 Martis Valley Community Plan, which was sued in early 2004 by environmental groups, headed by Sierra Watch, that say it violates state law.
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