Triple meetings in Markleeville |

Triple meetings in Markleeville

by Jo Rafferty

Alpine County will be buzzing next week with three meetings taking place, with the hot subject being the planned Abdoo project.

The proposed Markleeville Village/Mahalee Lodge, includes a 40-room lodge in the town of Markleeville with a spa, a restaurant, a meeting space, an outdoor pool, 70 fractional-ownership cabins and 14 commercial buildings.

Tom Abdoo of High Mountain Properties is the developer.

After a regular meeting of the Alpine County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Alpine County Administrative Building in Markleeville, supervisors will meet again that same day at 1 p.m. at Turtle Rock Park, 17300 Highway 89 in Markleeville to tackle the question of whether to require a full environmental review or allow a shorter environmental declaration on the project.

Public participation and input is desired. The supervisors may make their decision during the public hearing.

“The environmental determination is a decision on the type of environmental review document that must be completed for the project,” said Brian Peters, planning director for Alpine County in a statement.

The planning commission had voted 4-1 on Oct. 28 to recommend the full environmental report. Now it is the Alpine County Board of Supervisors’ turn to make the final decision. The county must approve a completed environmental document before it can consider approving the project itself, according to Peters.

At 6 p.m. on Thursday, during the regular Alpine County Planning Commission meeting also at Turtle Rock Park, the direction of the meeting will depend on supervisors’ decisions on the environmental review requirements.

If the board does not require a full environmental report, the commission will begin the process of amending the general plan to accommodate the project. Amendments include changing the land use designation and zoning for the property.

If a full environmental report is required, then the amendment process will be dropped for the time being.

“If there is an EIR required, as far as the project going forward, it has to stop. Then we’ll proceed with an EIR,” said Peters. “It’s a pretty big week next week. It’s a pretty big week this week getting ready for it.”

Other items the planning commission will consider are:

— Amending the conditional use permit the the Mountain Club Condominiums at Kirkwood Mountain Resort to increase commercial space from 5,000 to 10,000 square feet

— Discussion of a proposed public process for reviewing the Design Historic Combined District ordinance

Some of the issues to be discussed at the 9 a.m., Tuesday, Board of Supervisors meeting include:

— An update by the U.S. Forest Service representatives regarding Alpine County

— Notice of vacancies on the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board and request for solicitation of applicants

— Jo Rafferty can be reached at or 782-5121, ext. 213.