Sierra Watch Press Release:
Tahoe City, Calif. – As the fight over development in Tahoe’s Squaw Valley hits the six year mark, Sierra Watch released a video today summarizing its work to Keep Squaw True – in only two and half minutes.
KSL Capital Partners purchased the North Tahoe resort in 2010, citing Squaw’s “great growth potential”. Their Village at Squaw Village Specific Plan proposes to remake Squaw Valley with development of scale and type never before seen in North Lake Tahoe.
KSL is asking Placer County to entitle 25 years worth of development, including:
- A 90,000 square foot 96’ tall indoor waterpark with waterslides, indoor waterskiing, fake rivers, arcades, and a 30 lane bowling complex;
- 1,493 new bedrooms spread among a series of highrise condo hotels (many of which would be nearly 100’ tall) surrounding the existing village;
- 21 timeshare mansions on undeveloped land in the mouth of Shirley Canyon; and
- a propane “tank farm” with 30,000 gallon tanks at the entrance to the resort.
Sierra Watch is working with thousands of individuals, scores of local businesses, and regional conservation allies to stop the proposal and, instead, Keep Squaw True.
“KSL’s proposed development threatens everything we love about Tahoe and the Sierra,” says Isaac Silverman of Sierra Watch. “This movie is a quick way to learn more about what’s at stake – and find out how to get involved.”
The next step in Placer County’s planning process is a Planning Commission hearing, slated for August 11, 2016, at which the Commission will take up the local Squaw Valley Municipal Advisory Council’s recommendation to deny the project.
For more information about Sierra Watch and the campaign to Keep Squaw True, visitkeepsquawtrue.org.
About Sierra Watch
Sierra Watch works to protect great places in the Sierra Nevada. Founded in 2001, the Nevada City based non-profit has built a remarkable track record in land preservation in Tahoe’s Martis Valley, on Donner Summit, and for other treasured Sierra landscapes. For more information, visitwww.sierrawatch.org.