Supervisors unable to take action on Dyer Mountain Resort again
He said the board could not consider the EIR until the county received the findings from DMA. DMA submitted the findings to the county’s special Counsel Rick Crabtree on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Crabtree is now reviewing them.
The board is currently scheduled to consider the Dyer project again at its Tuesday, Sept. 25 meeting, “unless there are any other changes,” Ketelsen said on Thursday, Sept. 13.
District 2 Supervisor Jim Chapman was quick to point out Dyer Mountain Associates, and not county staff, were responsible for the delay.
“I know there’s a common perception in the public that the county is dragging its feet,” Chapman said on Sept. 11, “and once again we’re here waiting for DMA to respond.”
The public needs to understand the county can’t act “if the other side hasn’t taken appropriate action,” Chapman said. “That has to be emphasized. I’m tired of hearing about how the county is dragging its feet because we’re sitting here twiddling our thumbs waiting for those folks to deliver.”
The California Environmental Quality Act provides that a public agency must make findings before approving a project or program as proposed, if it would result in significant environmental effects as identified in an EIR, according to cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/eir. The agency must adopt and incorporate feasible mitigation to avoid and reduce the environmental effects and adopt appropriate findings.
Sections 21002 and 21002.1, of the California Public Resources Code, the agency must make findings “with respect to each significant effect … stating that specific overriding economic, legal, social, technological, or other benefits of the project outweigh the significant effects on the environment.”
Board approval will pave the way for the developer to finalize actual subdivision maps for the 7,000-acre resort adjacent to Westwood’s Walker Lake, also known as Mountain Meadows Reservoir. DMA plans to build, or agree to have other developers build, three golf courses, ski runs, more than 4,000 houses and condos and commercial and retail projects.
The tentative parcel map for the Dyer Mountain Resort divides 7,000 acres into 13 parcels ranging in size from 40 to 1,118 acres. It does not refer to specific projects.
Developers of the individual parcels will have to do EIRs and hold public hearings on each proposal to build the resort’s golf courses, ski runs, houses and condos and commercial and retail projects.
The planning commission will review development plans, tentative subdivision maps and improvement plans over the 25-30 year build-out envisioned in the development concept plan.
The development agreement, a contract between the county and DMA, ensures the developer will meet county building standards and take the steps necessary to mitigate environmental impacts.
Assistant Community Development Director Joe Bertotti met with developer Dyer Mountain Associates on Aug. 15 and reached agreement on all of the issues of concern the board outlined at its special meeting on Tuesday, July 21.
Bertotti said DMA agreed the development agreement will require:
•A 90-foot building height limit
•Year-round secondary access to be installed prior to development of any residence south of Hamilton Branch
•The developer to pay all impact fees in addition to fees to mitigate traffic impacts
•DMA to build no less than three chairlifts and an 18-hole golf course once it constructs 400 dwelling units, or four years after the county records the first subdivision map for phase one of the development, whichever is late
•DMA to set aside $200,000 for recreation in Westwood and Clear Creek, if grant money pays to develop a boat launch in Westwood.
In addition, DMA agreed to put fire sprinklers in all buildings throughout the project, including all single-family dwellings, exterior covered spaces, decks and balconies, and roof eaves.
In July, Bertotti said all roofing materials will meet class A fire standards. Buildings over three stories will include class A fire stairwells.
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