The Village at Squaw Valley development is currently collecting community input (based on 200+ public meetings) and working its way through the California’s Environmental Quality Act process for approval. Placer County is the lead agency for preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) who started their public review process in October 2012 by publicly circulating the Notice of Preparation (NOP) for public comment on the Village at Squaw Valley’s Specific Plan (see the Placer County site for more details here). The Village at Squaw Valley project is working towards a Final EIR that will need to be approved by the Placer County Board of Supervisors.
August 2013 update
- New Specific Plan coming: Since the time of the NOP circulation, Squaw has been listening to the many interested parties in the project and have been making changes to improve stream restoration, including additional parks, reducing building height and density and helping to provide better safety routes through the Squaw community. These changes will require an addendum to the NOP and should be issued for public comment some time by the end of 2013.
- One instead of two plans: Squaw Valley has been moving through the entitlement process seeking approval for both a Programmatic EIR for the entire development as well as specific approval for the first of four phases of the Village project. Moving both at the same time is not unprecedented, but unusual in California under CEQA and existing development projects. A decision was made to first seek approval of the Programmatic EIR (Placer county will request public comments on this stage) and then seek approval of the Village’s Phase 1 development following the first approval. This will allow for more public input into the process over a longer period of time.