Neighbor outcry stalls coaster project |

Neighbor outcry stalls coaster project

In an effort to better involve the community and respond to criticism, ski resort officials are holding off on their proposal for an alpine coaster that is drawing concerns from neighbors over noise and environmental impacts.

Jessica VanPernis, communication manager for Booth Creek Ski Holdings – which manages Northstar-at-Tahoe south of Truckee, said the resort has made contact and will continue to communicate with property owners, including the Northstar Property Owners Association, to educate them on project developments.

“Already, Booth Creek and Northstar Resort have asked Placer County officials to put the application on hold while we meet with the community to better explain the project and attempt to address their questions and concerns,” VanPernis said in an e-mail this week.

“We want to ensure the community completely understands the proposal before any final decisions are made, and allow for a dialogue, as was always the plan,” VanPernis added.

Placer County planning officials decided last week they needed more information before giving initial approval to the coaster, described as a two-person toboggan that would be controlled by riders and reach speeds of up to 25 mph.

“Our determination is that … the application is incomplete,” said Placer County Deputy Planning Director Paul Thompson.

Northstar may be asked to provide the results of additional studies, Thompson has said.

Meanwhile, “we’ve received many, many e-mails from homeowners who are opposed to the project,” Thompson said.

One of those opposed is Brian West, an NPOA member and civil engineer. West said he thinks Booth Creek’s initial noise report – which deemed the coaster to be within Placer County’s code – is faulty because it did not consider the proximity of a county recreation center.

“At a minimum, we request Placer County require additional noise testing and assessment, as well as noise mitigation measures as a condition of permit approval,” West wrote.

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