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Official Plans For Squaw's New Red Dog Chairlift

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You can read all the details of the paln at placer.ca.gov. Here are some highlights including the project description and an overview of the new lift drive equipment.

Project Description: In order to improve the recreational experience for intermediate skiers and snowboarders, provide enhanced lift access to the weather-protected slopes on Snow King Mountain, and quicken access to the Resort at Squaw Creek, the applicant is proposing to upgrade the Red Dog Chairlift to a high-speed, detachable chairlift. Specifically, the applicant is requesting approval of a Conditional Use Permit for the removal and replacement of the Red Dog Lift.

The existing Red Dog chairlift is a fixed-grip triple chairlift that operates at an hourly capacity of 1,800 skiers per hour. The lift is approximately 3,700 feet long and there are 16 towers along the line. The existing tower placement results in a line profile that includes spans of significant length and height, which compromises rider comfort.

The applicant is proposing to replace the existing Red Dog triple chairlift with a new detachable 6-place chairlift operating at an hourly capacity of 2,400 skiers per hour. The new lift would be on the same alignment as the existing lift. As a detachable lift, the new Red Dog would be more appealing to all skiers and snowboarders and would improve utilization of Snow King Mountain terrain.

In order to improve the lift line profile and rider comfort by reducing the length and height of spans, the tower placement for the new Red Dog lift would be different than the existing lift. As a result, none of the existing towers and footings would be reused for the new lift. The top and bottom terminals of the new lift would be located in the same general area as the existing terminals, with potential for minor adjustments to improve skier circulation and milling areas.

According to information supplied by the applicant, the total disturbance area of previously-disturbed ground will be 0.76 acres, and the amount of previously undisturbed ground which will be disturbed by the project will be 1.19 acres. A comprehensive revegetation and restoration plan will be developed for the project, and will be supplied in conjunction with the Improvement Plans. Some BMP and revegetation notes and details, including the composition of the “Squaw Valley Seed Mix” to be used, were provided with the Initial Project Application.

New Lift Drive Equipment: The new Red Dog lift would be driven by an electric motor for primary operations and a diesel auxiliary motor for operation in the event of a power failure. The lift would also be equipped with a diesel evacuation motor that would be used in the event of a mechanical failure. All proposed new diesel motors would meet California Air Resources Board standards and the lowest emissions standards set forth by EPA for diesel motors. The hours of operation for the diesel motors would not exceed 30 hours per year, including operation for maintenance and occasional interruptions of electrical power.

PUBLIC NOTICE

The comment period for this document closes on February 7, 2013. A copy of the Negative Declaration is available for public review at the County’s web site http://www.placer.ca.gov/Departments/CommunityDevelopment/EnvCoordSvcs/NegDec.aspx, Community Development Resource Agency public counter, and at the Tahoe City Public Library. Property owners within 300 feet of the subject site shall be notified by mail of the upcoming hearing before the Planning Commission. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Environmental Coordination Services, at (530)745-3132 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm at 3091 County Center Drive, Auburn, CA 95603. For Tahoe projects, please visit our Tahoe Office, 565 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA 96145.

If you wish to appeal the appropriateness or adequacy of this document, address your written comments to our finding that the project will not have a significant adverse effect on the environment: (1) identify the environmental effect(s), why they would occur, and why they would be significant, and (2) suggest any mitigation measures which you believe would eliminate or reduce the effect to an acceptable level. Regarding item (1) above, explain the basis for your comments and submit any supporting data or references. Refer to Section 18.32 of the Placer County Code for important information regarding the timely filing of appeals.


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