Work is continuing on a proposal for a campground within the Lake Tahoe Basin on the North Shore — despite a recent presentation informing the public otherwise, the Sierra Sun reported.

At Tuesday’s (Jan. 26) Placer County (Calif.) Board of Supervisors meeting in Kings Beach, Paul Thompson, assistant director for the county’s Community Development Resource Agency, informed the board and public that work on the Brockway Campground is being put “on hold” due to a request by project applicant, Mountainside Partners, so its team can focus on the separate residential project its spearheading in adjacent Martis Valley.

After Thompson’s report, Placer County District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, whose region includes North Lake Tahoe, said: “I would love to follow-up on what ‘being placed on hold’ means specifically.”

Members of the public and representatives of conservation groups echoed Montgomery’s question.

In a follow-up interview, Thompson said stating that the Brockway Campground is “on hold” was not the best choice of words to describe the status of the 550-max campsite project proposed for a 104-acre parcel located near Brockway Summit, above Kings Beach. Only 17% of the 104-acre parcel would be developed, according to past reports.

Rather, while Mountainside Partners is primarily focused on its Martis Valley West Parcel project, it continues working with Placer County, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and selected consultant, Ascent Environmental, to define the scope of work for future environmental review of the Brockway Campground, he said.

According to Mountainside Partners, Brockway Campground is the first new seasonal campground to be proposed in the Tahoe Basin in more than 20 years and would increase the limited supply of campsites on the North Shore.

Further, it would offer families access to a variety of outdoor recreational activities available in the region and range of camping experiences including traditional tents, campers and eco-shelters.

However, the proposal has raised concerns with the public and with conservation groups.

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