Placer County Board of Supervisors approval of Squaw Valley Redevelopment Project
Placer County Superior Court Judge Michael W. Jones has ruled in favor of Squaw Valley Real Estate and Placer County in the second of two lawsuits filed by Sierra Watch against Placer County’s approval of the Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan.
The plan, consisting of new lodging, an indoor recreation area, commercial space, leveled parking and employee housing on 93.3 acres of developed land and parking lot in Olympic Valley, was approved by the Placer County Board of Supervisors on November 15, 2016.
The court rejected Sierra Watch’s claim that the project’s Environmental Impact Report was inadequate and violated eight areas of the California Environmental Quality Act.
The CEQA ruling follows the court’s recent ruling against Sierra Watch’s separate allegation that Placer County’s approval of the project violated the Brown Act.
The court’s unequivocal ruling in favor of Placer County demonstrates that Sierra Watch’s claims were false - there was no CEQA violation as it relates to the approval of the Village at Squaw Valley Redevelopment Plan,” said Whit Manley, environmental attorney at Remy Moose Manley, LLP who appeared in court on behalf of Squaw Valley Real Estate, LLC and Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC. “In fact, this project has been one of the most thoroughly studied projects in the County’s history and was reduced by 50 percent based on community input and feedback collected at over 400 community meetings over five years.