JMA Ventures settles lawsuit and clears major obstacle in the development of Homewood Mountain Resort
In mid-2014 JMA Ventures, LLC settled the lawsuit that was brought against it by Earth Justice on behalf of Friends of the West Shore and The Tahoe Area Sierra Club. The settlement preserves the integrity of the Homewood Mountain Resort master plan and clears a major obstacle to the redevelopment of the popular ski resort, which was founded in 1961, on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore. Homewood and Placer County won a second lawsuit in 2012, which was brought by the California Clean Energy Committee following the approval of the Homewood master plan in late 2011. The plaintiff in the lawsuit filed an appeal of the lower court ruling in favor of Homewood and the county, which is currently pending a California District Court of Appeals date.
"I am proud that JMA Ventures has often been recognized for our sensitivity to the environment and for our work on Homewood Mountain Resort. As an integral part of the West Shore community we have always held a genuine commitment to maintaining our natural resources and the pristine beauty of Lake Tahoe," said Art Chapman, founder of JMA Ventures, LLC.
JMA Ventures was honored with the 2013 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for its exceptional work on watershed management at Homewood Mountain Resort. Because of JMA’s innovative approach to handling erosion at Homewood Mountain Resort – a project which began in 2006 – nearly five miles of unpaved on-mountain roads have been removed and the land has been restored. This has resulted in a 41 percent reduction in the amount of sediment that runs off the mountain into Lake Tahoe, contributing significantly to restoring the lake’s famed clarity. A Watershed Management Guidebook has been created based on the work at Homewood, providing tools and identifying best practices for other Lake Tahoe-area land managers and ski industry operators.
"The award recognizes the creative solutions and transformative results that Californians are achieving on some of our most significant environmental challenges," said Matt Rodriquez, California Secretary for Environmental Protection. "Their successful approaches demonstrate that we can create a sustainable environment while also promoting a vibrant economy."
In 2014 JMA was also recognized for its environmental stewardship, when the company was given the Golden Eagle Award, the highest environmental honor given annually by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA). The organization ranked Homewood among an exclusive group of environmentally responsible and forward-thinking resorts. The watershed work is part of an overall environmental mission at Homewood. In addition to a recycling program and multiple alternative transportation initiatives, future development at Homewood is designed to the LEED for Neighborhood Development Gold certification standard, one of the highest categories offered by the Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Neighborhood Development Program.