A federal judge has blocked plans to greatly expand a small Placer County ski resort on the western shore of Lake Tahoe after finding that the project’s environmental review was inadequate.
In a mixed decision issued Friday, U.S. District Court Judge William Shubb ruled that Placer County and regional planners had improperly decided that plans for a smaller project weren’t economically feasible. He ordered them to reconsider a less ambitious proposal as part of a revised environmental review under California law and the bi-state compact that regulates development in the Tahoe basin.
The environmental report “misleads the public by suggesting that ticket sales revenue is the only relevant factor in assessing the financial viability of” the Homewood Mountain Resort expansion project, Shubb wrote.
But the judge, who ruled in favor of the proposal on some summary judgement motions, added that “This does not necessarily mean that the project or some version of it may not go forward at some point in time.”