We are an organization of concerned citizens and long-time Squaw Valley residents, formed in 2012 in response to the initial egregious Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan.
“The Friends of Squaw Valley is a forum whose mission is to advocate for environmentally sustainable, economically viable, and aesthetically compatible development in Squaw valley while preserving its community character.”
On November 15, 2016, after 4 years of debate and against strong public opposition, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved the Squaw Valley Real Estate’s Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan. That entitlement approval has now become the subject of legal challenge by the conservation group, Sierra Watch.
The Friends of Squaw Valley remain committed to a smaller, less environmentally harmful project. At this point, whatever emerges after legal resolutions will still be entitlements only, and the developer must still submit every project to the scrutiny of the community organizations and the public. When and if actual implementation occurs, the Friends will remain as watch dogs – vigilant as to the promises made as well as to critique actual buildout and its effects on our valley and our lives.