Court halts development of 760 luxury homes in Tahoe, a win for grassroots activists

By Julie Brown : sfgate – excerpt

The developers behind housing project Martis Valley West wanted to build hundreds of high-end homes in a gated community on a forested ridgeline hugging the northern rim of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

But in their environmental review, they stopped short of disclosing the impact all 760 of those homes would have on Lake Tahoe’s famous clear water, including the traffic driving between the development and the Tahoe Basin. Pollution caused by cars and traffic is one of the leading causes of Tahoe’s declining lake clarity.

This week, a state court decision halted the development, stating that Placer County’s review of the Martis Valley West project was “inadequate” because the developers didn’t disclose the project’s impact on traffic in Lake Tahoe…(more)

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