Placer County, CA has just officially accepted the Petition for Incorporation of the Town of Olympic (Squaw) Valley. This means that Squaw Valley very well may end up becoming it’s own town. The organization Incorporate Olympic Valley is attempting to make Squaw it’s own town to assist residents in choosing what they want for their valley.
Tahoe TV interview with Tom Day about Incorporating Squaw Valley
If Placer County Local Agency Formation Commission thinks this all sounds good, local voters will vote to make Olympic Valley a town.
KSL/Squaw is currently in the process of attempting to build a large 101.5 acre village. Many local residents are against that large plan and incorporating Squaw Valley would be their first step in creating a more environmental & community oriented plan for Squaw Valley’s new village.
“This is a big decision for the community and we want to share with everyone what phase of the incorporation process we are at, and what lies ahead. We want to hear the concerns of the people. We encourage all Squaw Valley residents, homeowners, stakeholders and all who visit and love Squaw to attend the meeting.”– Tom Day, local ski and videography legend and 30-year Olympic Valley Resident, told RGJ
There will be a community meeting to discuss Olympic Valley’s incorporation on October 6th, 2013 at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, 1920 Squaw Valley Rd., Squaw Valley, CA.
Incorporate Olympic Valley Press Release:
The Residents of Squaw Valley have taken another step towards creating their own town. Placer County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) officially accepted the Petition for Incorporation of the Town of Olympic Valley. On August 20, 2013, Placer Counties Registrar of Voters Certified that petition. The next phase in the incorporation process is to formally submit an application to LAFCO, who will determine if Olympic Valley is eligible and financially viable to become a town. If the application is approved, it will become a ballot measure for Squaw Valley’s registered voters.
A community meeting, presentation and open discussion is planned for Sunday, October 6th at 3:00 pm at Plump Jack Squaw Valley Inn. The purpose of the meeting is to get the community involved with the process of the incorporation.
“This is a big decision for the community and we want to share with everyone what phase of the incorporation process we are at, and what lies ahead. We want to hear the concerns of the people,” said Tom Day, a 30 year Squaw resident and IOV Member. “We encourage all Squaw Valley residents, homeowners, stakeholders and all who visit and love Squaw to attend the meeting”.
About Incorporate Olympic Valley:
Incorporate Olympic Valley’s mission is “to preserve the integrity and spirit of our mountain community; to pursue incorporation as a means to great self-determination.” IOV was formed by Squaw Valley residents concerned about maintaining their mountain culture and gaining local control and jurisdiction over land use decisions, locally generated tax revenues, and key services prioritized by locals, such as snow removal and road maintenance.
7 thoughts on “Squaw Valley Could Become Town | Placer Country Approves Petition to Become Town”
To put the opposition to this in perspective, not counting KSL, ‘people’ are saying ICV doesn’t know what’s good for themselves, that it’s develop or perish financially, that this big business and real estate equals jobs, businesses, survival for Squaw and it’s locals.
Me, I trust the thinking of Robb and Tom and ICV, but ya’ should know what the other side is putting up as an argument against you. When I say stop the super village, this is what I’m hearing.
KSL sees a big parking lot as a waste of real estate. I see it as under-developed, less crowds and less frenetic activity.
Looks like killing squaw locals aka KSL will have to hire more paper pushing lawers to find a loop hole if this goes through.
Wonder what KSL thinks of this? They really can’t take a negative public stance.
Only registered Olympic Valley voters can vote on this initiative.
You can not vote on incorporation if you are not registered to vote in Squaw Valley but you can certainly support the process by donating via the IOV website or Sierra Nevada Alliance.
Save the Valley!
Will people (skiers) living in Placer Co. that do not live in Squaw Valley be able to vote on incorporation?