HOMEWOOD, Calif. (Friday, Dec. 16, 2011) – Lake Tahoe, California’s Homewood Mountain Resort received unanimous approval for its proposed ski area master plan from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Governing Board during its monthly meeting, which took place on Wednesday, December 14.
The approved ski area master plan outlines a long term blue print for revitalizing Homewood’s 50-year-old ski area infrastructure and establishing an all-season destination resort anchored by a lodging base and pedestrian oriented neighborhood village. Located immediately adjacent to Lake Tahoe’s west shore, the Homewood ski area has remained virtually unchanged for its five decades of winter operations.
Wednesday’s approval was granted at the end of the full-day hearing - which included certification of the Master Plan’s final environmental impact report, detailed discussion of the master plan’s social and economic benefits, extensive public comment, and governing board deliberations.
“This is the only mixed-use resort in the U.S. designed to a LEED for Neighborhood Development-Gold-certification standard,” stated JMA Ventures Chairman Art Chapman. “I’m very pleased with the Board’s decision, and equally pleased about what the project will contribute to the community and overall Lake Tahoe destination,” he added.
The initial phase of the Homewood Master Plan calls for the redevelopment of the existing North Base area with a pedestrian oriented village anchored by a new high-end, 75-room slope-side hotel. Other lodging will include a mix of residential condominiums and townhomes, neighborhood oriented retail shops and on-site workforce housing apartments. The neighborhood retail space will be designed to include a small grocer/deli, hardware store, and ice cream parlor all oriented around a centralized outdoor ice skating pond. Skier services at the North Base location will include ski and snowboard school, equipment rental, dining, day lockers and office space. All of the existing surface asphalt parking will be replaced by underground parking and a three-level day skier parking facility concealed by shop space and employee housing. Homewood’s current ski lifts will also be replaced with high-speed detachable lifts as well as a new gondola servicing the proposed mid-mountain day lodge. The master plan also calls for continuing the extensive environmental improvements such land restoration work on mountain, renewable energy, and a wide-variety of alternative transportation to help lessen the use of automobiles by resort guests; all of which is key to helping keep Lake Tahoe blue.
“I am pleased the Board took decisive action to approve a project so critical to the health of Lake Tahoe and the West Shore community,” said TRPA Executive Director Joanne S. Marchetta.
Homewood Mountain Resort plans to begin construction in 2014.
For additional information about the Homewood Mountain Resort Master Plan, visit SkiHomewood.com/MasterPlan.
About Homewood: Homewood Mountain Resort is one of California’s first winter recreation resorts. Offering a family-friendly atmosphere since 1961, Homewood continues to offer premier winter skiing and snowboarding with a focus on top level guest service and custom vacation packages. Homewood is accessible via Interstate 80 to California State Route 89, just 55 miles from Reno Tahoe International Airport. The resort’s parent company is San Francisco, California based JMA Ventures, LLC. JMA is a full service real estate investment firm, serving as managing member of over $500 million in existing projects.
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