The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) has extended the comment period for an additional month on the Homewood Project. Homewood Mountain Resort is seeking approval for a multi-million dollar redevelopment of its North Base, South Base, and ski area.
The original comment deadline was set for March 21 after four public meetings were held. But TRPA extended the public comment period until April 21. "A request was made by conservation groups for the extension," Jeff Cowen, TRPA community liaison told OnTheSnow. "TRPA is committed to providing opportunities for community engagement."
The proposal entails redeveloping Homewood's two base areas with the North Base having mixed uses and the South Base having residential use. The project also seeks to add a mid-mountain lodge and base area, a new gondola from the North Base area, and a beginner ski area at the top of the gondola.
The project would remove four existing ski lifts along with buildings and utilities at the North Base and one existing ski lift at the South Base. Concrete or asphalt parking surfaces and overhead transmission lines would be removed from both base areas.
The mixed-use development at the 17-acre North Base area would be comprised of 14 new buildings, including a combination of townhouses, condos, hotel rooms, commercial space, and affordable housing units. The North Base would serve as the access for day skiers and include a four-story parking structure and a 30,000 square foot skier services lodge. The proposed residential development at the six-acre South Base includes 99 condos in three buildings, each at three stories high.
The new proposed Mid-Mountain Base area would include a 15,000-square-foot day-use lodge. A covered passage would connect to a detached gondola terminal. Other mid-mountain facilities would include a new beginner lift, and a new grooming equipment facility.
Other new recreational opportunities are planned as part of the project, too. Ice skating would be added for winter along with an extension to the cross-country trails. New summer additions would include an outdoor amphitheater, a miniature golf course, an outdoor swimming pool at mid-mountain, and an extension of a mountain biking trail.
As of press time, no additional public meetings on the project have been added before the April 21 comment deadline. The complete Draft Environmental Impact Statement is available for review on the TRPA website. "The best way to offer input is to read the project descriptions and offer a comment on the Draft EIS by email," said Cowen. The e-mail address is Homewooddeiscomments@trpa.org.
Homewood Mountain Resort plummets to the North and South Base areas on the west shore of Lake Tahoe.