In addition to coping with the effects of drought in the area, there have been ongoing political squabbles over the proposed Olympic Valley Incorporation.
According to an article from the Reno Gazette-Journal, that tension may finally be lessening. Squaw Valley’s CEO Andy Wirth was delighted to see that those behind the incorporation effort withdrew their request to have Olympic Valley established as a new town.
Wirth, the CEO of both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, recently deepened his connection to the area when he became the chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority board in July of 2015. He has used his experience to build and properly represent the airport that is known as the “Gateway to Lake Tahoe.”
Wirth opposed the Olympic Valley incorporation because of what he perceived as a fiscal threat to the community. Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, under Wirth’s leadership, invested a significant amount in overturning the incorporation movement. According to Wirth, the effort would have caused higher taxes for residents and businesses and limited vital services for the community.
Proponents of the incorporation effort claimed they needed more control over land use. Incorporating Olympic Valley would have dictated that land use decisions would fall under a local Town Council’s supervision instead of that of Placer County Board of Supervisors on http://mynews4.com/news/local/1400-bedroom-squaw-valley-redevelopment-proposal-moves-forward.
Wirth’s opposition also spent hundreds of thousands on their efforts for incorporation. In the end the California Local Agency Formation Commission decided that incorporating Olympic Valley as a new town would not be financially sustainable.
Relief from drought conditions in 2015 also allowed the resort to open several weeks ahead of time.
With the effort to incorporate officially overturned and the weather finally cooperating, Wirth was quoted as saying transportation and becoming a cohesive community should be the highest priority moving forward.