Canyon Springs: Comment period coming to close on Glenshire development
May 20, 2011
TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Residents and regional officials passionate about the highly debated Canyon Springs development have only a few more days to submit public comment to be considered as part of its first major environmental test.The developer proposes to construct 204 dwelling units over roughly 213 acres of land near the Glenshire neighborhood of Truckee, with submitted comments to town officials helping to craft an eventual Draft Environmental Impact Report andamp;#8212; a study to ascertain the development’s potential impact to the site andamp;#8212; to tentatively be completed later this year. Public comment closes Monday.Truckee resident Christopher andamp;#8220;Chipandamp;#8221; Huck, project spokesman and one of Canyon Springs’ five partners andamp;#8212; the others based in Oregon and Minnesota andamp;#8212; said Wednesday the project will benefit the community by providing four miles of public trails, preserving open space and habitats and including property restoration.Huck also said the residential units would incorporate LEED design, and it would generate district fees and revenues, as well as create jobs for the local building industry.Flipping the coin, residents and conservation groups against the project say traffic congestion, detriments to nearby wildlife and skepticism as to whether Truckee’s economy demands additional housing are three big reasons why it’s a bad idea.The Mountain Area Preservation Foundation and Saving Open Space Glenshire are two of the more vocal groups opposed.andamp;#8220;We have a glut of real estate. How is this going to be more helpful to the economy in this area?andamp;#8221; said Kaitlin Backlund, a spokeswoman for MAPF.Backlund said both SOS Glenshire and MAPF will file comments against Canyon Springs, and might include a request for the DEIR to include a study of a lower-density housing option and its impacts.Both Backlund and Huck are encouraging residents to submit comments about the project, regardless of stance, for greater community input.andamp;#8220;People had an opportunity to listen to a project description, but ultimately we’ve been encouraging residents to put their comments into writing,andamp;#8221; said Backlund, speaking about a public scoping meeting for the project earlier this month.With increased participation and subsequent environmental studies, the project could possibly break ground in 2012. andamp;#8220;Regarding project schedule, we are patient in our timeline which is directly tied to the real estate market and project approvals,andamp;#8221; Huck said.