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TRPA approval of Homewood project challenged

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The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency received a notice of intent to file suit on the recent approval of the Homewood Mountain Resort Ski Area Master Plan project.

EarthJustice, on behalf of the Sierra Club and Friends of the West Shore, lists both TRPA and Placer County as defendants in the lawsuit filed today in federal court.

The Homewood Mountain Resort Ski Area Master Plan, unanimously approved by TRPA’s Governing Board last month, was designed to create tremendous benefit to Lake Tahoe’s environment, the Homewood community, and the economy of the West Shore.

“It’s unfortunate that this lawsuit could divide the community at a time when we need to work together more than ever,” said Executive Director Joanne S. Marchetta.

According to the notice, the Sierra Club and Friends of the West Shore will seek an order vacating the Homewood Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Study prepared jointly by TRPA and Placer County, and its accompanying findings, certifications, and approvals. The environmental study and plan for the Homewood project took approximately four years to complete.

“TRPA continues to believe that lawsuits are not the best path to sustainability in the Tahoe Basin,” said Marchetta.