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Quote of the Day - Skiing consists of wearing $3,000 worth of clothes and equipment and driving 200 miles in the snow in order to stand around at a bar and drink. - P.J. O'Rourke

Less Housing, Longer Lift Lines

We have one here on the left coast - it's called CEQA (pronounced "see-kwa"), and the federal government has one, too, called NEPA (pronounced with a long "E"). They're statutes that are designed to make decision makers consider the consequences of development on the environment.

Here in Kali-fornya (Arnold's new pronunciation), CEQA is often used as a sword against development, frequently by environmentalists, and sometimes by local residents who ban together to stop or slow down a project. Those efforts have been accused of turning into NIMBY, or Not In My Backyard - a criticism leveled by those who usually want the project to go forward and are trying to get the environmentalists/residents to back off.

Here's a project that Northstar, a ski resort near Lake Tahoe is tyring to build. Northstar wants to construct 300 apartments to house its employees along with a big water tank, which seemed to be going well until it added an affordable housing component.

Then, well, you know all of what broke loose.

Nearby residents who were already not too happy with the prospects of a small village of teenagers and twenty-somethings working as ski bums got concerned, and sued.

They claimed the local decision makers hadn't given enough thought to the consequences of the development - more unwanted growth.

The trial court agreed, and reversed the Placer County Supervisor's decision approving the project, and as you already know from clicking the "here's a project" link above, so did the appellate court.

So, for now, Northstar gets to start all over again.

Expect those lift lines to be longer this year.

Posted by J. Craig Williams on 10/11/2004 at 11:48 Comments (0)


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