Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005, Editorial • Public wants action on Dyer Mountain Resort

Any day now Lassen County planners will release a draft copy of the Dyer Mountain Four Season Resort environmental impact report.

Newspaper representatives get frequent phone calls, emails and questions on the street about the project approved by two-thirds of Westwood voters. Almost 63 percent county-wide voted for a November 2000 ballot initiative that asked if the General Plan, Zoning Ordinance and Westwood Area Plan should be amended to provide for development of the four-season resort.

Once the environmental report is out, public meetings on the document will follow. We encourage every person with an interest in the plan for ski runs, golf courses and condominiums to read the document carefully and submit well thought-out comments that deal with the environmental issues raised in the document.

The five-inch-thick administrative draft of the Dyer Mountain Four Season Resort environmental impact report was delivered to the Lassen County Planning Department in July 2004. Careful review of every fact is still under way.

Planners said once the draft has been released the public will have 45 days to review it and make comments. All the comments will be catalogued and sent to the responsible agencies for analysis. In some cases an additional study might have to be completed.

During the 45-day public review period, people will have a chance to comment during the public comment portion of each Lassen County Planning Commission meeting. The commission meets once a month so public forums also will be scheduled during the review period.

Last year, Jerry Duffy, resource manager for Dyer Mountain Associates, said the environmental studies showed there is nothing in the resort area that might halt the development.

We also urge county officials to move the process along as quickly as possible. Voters approved the project almost five years ago. It’s time they saw some action toward actual construction on the project expected to boost the economies of both Lassen and Plumas counties.