Developers propose multi million dollar renovation of Homewood at Lake Tahoe

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 9, 2011 10:15 am

JMA Ventures, a San Francisco-based real estate firm and owners of Homewood Mountain Resort,  unveiled the long-awaited Draft Environmental Impact Statement, for proposed delvelopement of the resort area.  The Impact Statement will go before the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency this month for public comment. (see bottom of article)

Many people will be weighing in on this historic venture.  Homewood has a old school Tahoe charm and is one of Lake Tahoe’s gems. Two words, Chambers Punch.  Does a huge developement fit in there?  Will it impact the environment?  Will it keep Tahoe blue?  Below is one of 6 proposals, and the preferred project,  JMA Ventures is offering.

The preferred alternative
The proposed project calls for redevelopment of the mixed-use facilities in the North Base area, redevelopment of residential units in the South Base area, and construction of a Mid-Mountain lodge.

According to Alternative 1, it proposes to replace existing facilities at the 17-acre North Base area with six mixed-use structures and eight townhouse structures, which will provide:

• 36 residential condominiums (multi-family residential units)
• 16 townhouses
• 20 fractional ownership unites
• 25,000 square feet of commercial floor space (a portion of which may be provided at the Mid-Mountain lodge)
• 13 employee/workforce housing units (multi-family residential bonus units)
• A 272-space day skier parking structure on four levels
•  30,000 square feet of skier services which will supply goods and beverage, adult and children ski school, a rental shop, locker facilities, restrooms, first aid and mountain administration and operations offices.
• A resort lodge containing 75 traditional hotel rooms; 40 two-bedroom for-sale condominium/hotel units; and 30 penthouse condo units.

The six-acre South Base area will be converted into a residential area with up to 99 residential condominiums covering the parcel, with the buildings reaching no more than three stories in height. 117 underground parking spaces are proposed and day-skier access and skier amenities will be relocated to the North Base area

The proposed Mid-Mountain Base area would include a new 15,000 square foot day-use lodge with a detached gondola, a new beginner ski lift, an outdoor swimming pool for use during summer months by West Shore residents, a new maintenance facility and two water storage tanks.
The proposed project would require TRPA code amendments to Chapter 22 (height requirements) and Chapter 64 (grading standards).
The public comment period for the Homewood DEIS began Jan. 21 and ends March 21. It can be accessed online at Comments can be faxed to 775-588-4527 or e-mailed to