PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn EIR

The PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn project includes the demolition of the existing on-site hospitality structures (e.g., 60-room hotel and conference center) to construct a new, 61-room multi-level hotel, two residential condominium buildings totaling 34 units, and an underground parking garage. The project is located on a 3.2-acre parcel two miles west of State route (SR) 89 at 1920 Squaw Valley Road.

General Details

The project entitlements include approval of a Tentative Map, Conditional Use Permit, Variance(s) and a Design Review. Raney prepared a detailed Initial Study to determine whether an EIR would be required for the proposed project. While many environmental topics were fully addressed in the Initial Study, it was determined in consultation with the County that several issues warranted further analysis in an EIR.

The PlumpJack Inn site is located in close proximity to fault lines. As a result, for the PlumpJack Inn analysis, two fault evaluation reports were prepared by Holdrege & Kull to evaluate the level of risk to project structures and occupants associated with these fault traces. A total of seven faults are located in Squaw Valley, and while none of the faults cross the PlumpJack Inn project site, three of the seven faults are located in close proximity. The PlumpJack Inn project was subject to Wildland Urban Interface standards in accordance with Chapter 7A of the California Building Code.

Raney addressed the risk of wildland fire in a detailed Emergency Preparedness and Evacuation Plan (EPEP), which was incorporated into the Hazards Chapter of the EIR. Raney reviewed defensible space requirements, ignition-resistant materials standards, and evacuation routes to determine the level of risk that a wildfire in the Valley might pose to the proposed project structures and residents/guests. The EPEP included several recommendations for the project’s design and operation to ensure that the risk of wildfire is adequately addressed. Hydrology and Water Quality was an additional issue of concern due to the proposed subterranean parking garage being located partially within an underground aquifer when groundwater levels are high.

Raney conducted extensive coordination with the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board to ensure that the mitigation for the project’s construction dewatering operations met the rigorous requirements of the Lahontan Board. Additionally, the project site is located near Squaw Creek, which is on the State’s 303 D list of impaired water bodies, necessitating mitigation to ensure further sedimentation of the creek would not occur.  The Draft EIR has circulated for public review and Raney is in the process of completing the Final EIR in advance of the public hearings on the project.