Carmen Carr your local realtor would like to update you on the controversial proposed development for the Brockway campground. Below is the latest update from the Sierra Sun.
“BROCKWAY SUMMIT, Calif. — Sierra Pacific Industries and Mountainside Partners announced Wednesday morning that SPI intends to sell a 120-acre parcel on a ridgeline above Lake Tahoe’s North Shore that is proposed for development of the controversial Brockway Campground.
According to a news release on behalf of Mountainside Partners, following discussions facilitated by the California Tahoe Conservancy, SPI and the U.S. Forest Service have exchanged willing-buyer and willing-seller letters to complete the sale by the end of 2017.
Once completed, the land will reportedly become part of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit of the USFS — and thus, will be permanently protected from future development.
“We are moving forward with this sale to ensure land SPI owns within the Tahoe Basin remains accessible to the public forever,” Blake Riva, managing partner of Mountainside Partners, said in a statement. “Although an improved campground is permissible under current zoning and would provide significant recreational benefits, we have listened carefully to the community and have decided that the parcel should be permanently protected through a sale to the Forest Service.”
The proposed 550-site Brockway Campground has drawn heavy criticism from residents and conservation groups due to the potential for increased traffic and negative environmental impacts the project would bring to the Tahoe region.
Mountainside Partners’ application for the campground will reportedly remain active while the Forest Service conducts an appraisal and other pre-acquisition activities. Upon completion of the appraisal, SPI will enter into a purchase option with the Forest Service.
SPI and Mountainside Partners will withdraw their campground development application once the land is sold, according to Wednesday’s news release.
“This acquisition shows how the partnership between the California Tahoe Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service, along with Sierra Pacific Industries, can result in significant benefit to the public we serve,” Jeff Marsolais, Forest Supervisor of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, said in a statement. “The parcel is one of the last remaining undeveloped large parcels of private lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin and will result in a contiguous block of National Forest System Lands.” -Sierra Sun Kevin MacMillan
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