Population: 840 (2007)
LakefrontIn 1980 Nate Topol bought the Lakefront property where the old Homewood Hotel stood, the Homewood Marina Lodge, the Homewood High & Dry Marina, the Grubstake Lodge and other properties.
He built the Topol Pavilion and scheduled a series of summer concerts.
In 200?-2006 Topol built 3 "Villas at Harborside" (fractional-ownership residences) and completed the new West Shore cafeCafé & Inn. The Villas rent for $3,500-$5,000/week and sell for around $750,000 (units on the lake side of the lot) for a quarter share. The Oliver Realty web site says phase 1 sold out, but as of May, 2007 I heard that only one of the three had sold out.
The Feb., 2006 Homewood Home Owners Association minutes state:
"In view of possible parking and lake access issues brought about by his proposed expansion of the Villas at Harborside Project, Nate has offered to mitigate these issues by materially helping to achieve community-parking solutions. Mr. Topol is also interested in providing assistance to the Association relative to validating the title to our beach parcels. This action would make it possible for the association to significantly improve the lake front parcels in terms of legitimizing the ownership, improving the parcels, and helping with maintenance, thus improving lake access and buoy rights for the association members."
Topol planed to build nine more units, but after objections by residents, reduced the number to six. This was approved by TRPA in Apr., 2007.
In 2006 JMA Ventures bought Homewood Mountain Resort (HMR) which was loosing from $500,000 to $1M per year and proposed "a new business model necessary for Homewood to remain a viable public recreational amenity". It is described at the Homewood Master Plan at skihomewood.com and includes:
Character and Lifestyle principles
The timeline calls for construction in 2010-2015
North Base: Base Lodge (50-60 room hotel, 40 two-bedroom hotel condo units, 30 penthouse individually-owned condo units, Lodge with restaurant and spa), workforce housing, 56 two story residential condos spread among 3 buildings, retail space for grocery, hardware, ..., skier services, community pool, underground parking, amphitheater, ...
Mountain: A new mid-mountain lodge will house the upper terminal of a new gondola as well as other services.
Upgraded lifts and a new gondola.
Forest thinning/fuels management to reduce fire risk.
Old road and trail restoration and re-vegetation to reduce runoff.
South Base: 99 residential condominiums (down from 120) and 11 single-family lots.
Transportation: Dial-a-Ride, Shuttle, and Water Taxi services will help improve alternative transportation options.
Renewable Energy: Micro-hydro and solar generation.
Total of 285 living units to added to existing 1,396; an increase of 20%.
Comments on the Homewood proposal at a November 7, 2007 public meeting hosted by TRPA to review Community Enhancement Program (CEP) proposals :
Attendees agreed that the Homewood area needs to be revitalized. The participants supported the traffic reduction measures, and the addition of a year-round gondola. Participants commended the surface water, fire, and forest management plans, but expressed concern over the lack of affordable housing in the area. Participants also suggested JMA use green building strategies, pointing out that the ski industry relies on a stable climate. The scale of the development concerned attendees.Current:
$4-5 M to replace Quad chair with high-speed Quad - Oct. 2007 newsletter
400 acres of forest thinning/fuel management and old road restoration completed. - July 2008 Newsletter
Sodding to provide a temporary venue for the Tahoe Music Festival.
The developer -- JMA -- is to be applauded for seeking to improve the lifts at Homewood, provide a small neighborhood retail center, reduce the fuel load in the forest and for seeking LEED certification for its project. A hotel/bar/restaurant development on the West Shore will also provide much-needed boost to the local economy.
Note: I am trying to remain neutral on this project. I think the local residents and NTCAA need to hold JMA's feet to the fire on this development and if we are successful it could it could turn out OK.
The Summer 2006 Sierra Citizen said:
"Doolittle's district director Brian Jensen offered this insightful reflection as to why a willing seller of land should be prohibited from deeding a property spanning three watershed to the public: "We don't see a real environmental benefit because there's no change in land use." Huh? This leads one to wonder if perhaps Doolittle is holding out until the Forest Service pledges to aggressively restore and manage the parcel in a manner that maximizes ecological function, eliminates skiing impacts, and reintroduces periodic ground fires into the forest ecology. But that seems doubtful."
Later in 2006 JMA Ventures bought Homewood Mountain Resort (HMR), which has been loosing from $500,000 to $1M per year.
Chapman is still hoping for a deal with the Forest Service to preserve the property, and said the resort is seeking $22 million from the Santini-Burton Act. The act reaps money from surplus federal land sales around Las Vegas and uses it to buy environmentally sensitive properties in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Homewood Mountain Resort sold several hundred acres, from Madden Creek North to Cherry Street, to the National Forrest Service in 2005.
As of May 2007 there were plans to sell Quail Lake to the Forest Service.
In their Dec, 2006 "On The Homefront" newsletter, the new owners of Homewood Mountain Resort say:
In a Jan. 22, 2007 interview in the Sierra Sun, Rick Brown, just hired as a JMA VP, said:
"What are JMA's plans for Homewood?
Environmental efforts include "the restoration of the hillside and roads, Re-forestation and forest management. They are also looking at a biomass effort."
In the May 7, 2007 Sierra Sun Article "Homewood plans GREEN RESORT" they say:
"Homewood Mountain Resort has hired the Sierra Business Council -- a nonprofit working to secure the social, environmental and financial health of the Sierra Nevada -- to develop a program to make the resort a leader in sustainable development."
In a November 23, 2007 article in the Sierra Sun, local homeowners propose a scaled down development.
JMA Ventures background:
In 2006 there was a proposal to relocate the bike path from San Souci to the highway.
At the August, 2006 Homewood Home Owners Association meeting, Lou Reinkins, a Homewood Association member and an elected member of the TCPUD, gave an update on the proposed bike path and highway improvements through Homewood. The final design with alternatives will be available at the end of September. The current agreement is for the bike path to be on the west side of the highway; however, placing the bike path along San Souci Ave. is an alternative. If the bike path is to be along the highway, the highway centerline will need to be moved about 4 ft to the east.
Peak Month Average Daily Traffic:
1980 1985 1990 1993 9,700 10,400 11,400 14,500 Source: Traffic Volume Counts on State Highways, CaltransHwy 89 - Ward Creek Bridge:
Source: Volumes on the California State Highway System CalTrans:
1999 Traffic - Hwy 88-91
2005 Traffic - Hwy 88-91
As part of the Truckee-North Tahoe Transportation Management Association Expansion Study conducted in 1992, a total of sixteen interviews were conducted by LSC staff members with local business leaders. When asked to cite the most important issues that face the Truckee-North Tahoe area, the primary concern indicated by the respondents was that the existing infrastructure will not be able to accommodate future growth in the area. As a result, there is thought to be a high potential for gridlock in the area.
In their Apr, 2007 "On The Homefront" newsletter from Homewood Mountain Resort they say:
The summer traffic problem on SR 89 at Fanny Bridge, however, is very serious. Due to a combination of high traffic volumes, pedestrians crossing the road and all those "fannies" on Fanny Bridge, north- bound traffic queues form during the middle of busy summer days that can stretch back a mile or more, and result in delays of 30 minutes or more. Traffic levels at Fanny Bridge, moreover, have increased from a 1999 peak month average daily traffic volume of 26,500 to a 2005 volume of 27,500.
See the newsletter for some proposed solutions.
Community Enhancement Program (CEP)
A TRPA program which allows developers to benefit from amendments to local parking, height and density regulations for implementing environmental improvements and projects which enhance the quality of life for residents, improve the visitor experience and contribute to the long-term economic vitality of the region.
Such regulations often get in the way of the sort of mixed-use development TRPA and other local jurisdictions are trying to promote.
TRPA consultant and CEP creator Darin Dinsmore said the CEP provides developers the opportunity to give Tahoe a "creative and designed future," not a "regulated future" as it is right now.
According to MoonShineInk.com it is a planning initiative that turns the agency's traditional approval process on its head. According to TRPA, CEP will demonstrate what Lake Tahoe communities can look and feel like over the next 20 years if we start revamping commercial core areas.
Environmental benefits should include improved water and air quality due to reduction of auto trips, green buildings, and restoration of degraded ecosystems.
Five of seven prosed projects as of July 2008 are in Kings Beach. TRPA will decide in January, 2009 which qualify as CEP projects.
Other programs like the Placer Co. Place-Based Planning Process identifies areas of opportunity to reinvest in Placer County's Basin Community commercial areas. They have targeted Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Tahoe City and Homewood.
See: Lake Tahoe Regional Plan Update at Regional Planning Partners
APC - Advisory Planning Commission - Advises TRPA on technical and scientific issues.
BMP - Best Management Practice
BOS - Board of Supervisors
CEP - Community Enhancement Program - A TRPA program which implement environmental improvements, enhance the quality of life for residents, improve the visitor experience and contribute to the long-term economic vitality of the region.
CEQA - California Environmental Quality Act
CFA - Commercial Floor Area
DBH - Diameter at breast height - Tree measurement outside bark.
EA - Environmental Analysis
EIP - Environmental Improvement Program (TRPA)
EIR/EIS - Environmental Impact Report / nvironmental Impact Statement
HHOA - Homewood Home Owners Association
HMR - Homewood Mountain Resort
JMA Ventures - Owners of Homewood Mountain Resort
LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - U.S. Green Building Council building certfication.
NOP - Notice of Preperation - Public notification that an EIR/EIS document will be prepared.
NTCAA - North Tahoe Citizens Action Alliance
NTRAC - North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council - Advises the Board of Supervisors.
PAOTS - Persons at One Time - (TRPA) A measure of overnight accomidations for the general public.
PCRA - Placeer County Redevelopment Agency
PUD - Public Utility District
PWG - Placer Co. Place-Based Working Group
SAG - Science Advisory Group - advised TRPA in 2003
SEZ - Stream Environment Zones
SRG - Susan R. Gearhart
TAU - Tourist Accommodation Units
TCPUD - Tahoe City Public Utility District
TMDL- Total maximum daily load. - Allowable fine sediment and nutrients.
TRPA - Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
TWG - Technical Working Group
VMT - Vehicle miles traveled
WIP - Watershed Improvement Project (Kings Beach)
North Lake Tahoe Development Plan, 1995 - Developed for a committee of citizens appointed by the Placer County Board of Supervisors.
Homewood Master Plan at SkiHomewood.com - Newsletters
North Tahoe Citizens Action Alliance (NTCAA) - Newsletters
NTCAA Alternative Proposal to TRPA, Feb., 2008 Homewood History
Homewood Home Owners Association
"Villas at Harborside" at RealtorTahoe.com
Clerk - Recorder
Placer County Zoning Maps (parcel numbers):
Ski Lodge (097-130-034), South Ski Lodge (097-050-072)
Villas at Harborside (097-130-030 to 033)
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