Finally, the Placer County Development Commission has approved plans for the Squaw Valley Resort to initiate further growth. The new development will include development of additional tourist housing giving employment opportunities to the local community.
Regarding the development of project, it is interesting to highlight that Squaw Valley project was embroiled in a legal battle between the CEO of Squaw Valley Holdings and a private group. However, Andy was able to win the battle to preserve the land for additional development that will likely benefit locals. In the coming days, the project is likely to be approved by the County Board of Supervisors, as well.
Still, it does not mean that worries of Andy Wirth are over. Experts view further development of the area leading to traffic congestion and environmental hazards.
Already, the area is crowded with traffic, particularly in the peak season when traffic jams from thousands of tourists are common. Without another feasible transportation project, it is likely that the development of the resort or other adjacent areas will only prove unsustainable in the long-run.
Despite such concerns, Andy looked confidence in resolving the issue as he claimed that building transportation projects in the area is his top priority. He insisted that the development of Squaw Valley resort was put on hold due to legal battle and it has nothing to do with his company that is already proposing transportation projects for the area. In a recent meetup with concerned parties, Andy Wirth insisted that he is ready to put a large-scale mass transit proposal in front of the voters as early as this fall.
From the community’s perspective, the mass transportation setup is not restricted to Squaw Valley Resort or the Olympic Valley. Instead, it will help ease traffic congestion in the entire Lake Tahoe area. In fact, the new transportation proposal will help strengthen the existing links between different resort communities along North shores.
Jesse Patterson, deputy director of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, who is one of those holding meeting with Andy claims that he also sees traffic congestion as the major hurdle to the development of further projects. Therefore, he hopes that Andy’s proposal will not be restricted to just the paper. Read more: Andy Wirth | Powder Magazine
As for Andy Wirth, the new development will definitely be a major challenge as he will also need to appease the local public who are aware that Andy Wirth has the financial backing and the power to make their dream a reality.