Canyon Springs study withdrawn
The developers of Canyon Springs have withdrawn the project’s Environmental Impact Report, choosing to review the subdivision under newer town policy.
The 289-acre development east of Glenshire had drawn criticism for falling under the town’s old general plan, which many concerned residents felt didn’t properly address current issues, most notably traffic.
At a planning commission meeting Wednesday night originally scheduled to review the completed Environmental Impact Report, Canyon Springs developers instead withdrew the document, voluntarily taking a number of steps backward in the development process.
“Our message has always tried to be the same ” to build a responsible development,” said Mark Gergen, a Canyon Springs development partner. “As this new issue came up we had to analyze it, but we agreed the responsible thing to do is redo the EIR under the 2025 General Plan.”
The decision was met with applause from Glenshire area and other residents, who took the opportunity at the public meeting to raise concerns they hope to be addressed in the revised environmental study.
“Thank you for hearing our request, I think this is a proactive step in listening to the community’s concern,” said Nikki Riley, a Glenshire resident and former planning commissioner.
She suggested in restarting the process that the proponents first look at existing infrastructure ” roads, water and sewage ” and design a development to fit those restrictions.
Adrian Juncosa, a Glenshire resident and biological consultant, also suggested designing the project around open space and the deer migration corridor that crosses the site.
In a subsequent interview with Gergen and Project Manager Gavin Ball, Gergen said the project attempted to do just that the first time around.
“To a large degree we feel we’ve done that, but we did it from our perspective; now we will do it hand-in-hand with the local citizens, and we are trying to encourage that,” Gergen said.
The actual impact to the project, whether in number of units, layout, or other design aspects, is still unknown, Ball said.
“It’s going to be different, but how different ” we just don’t know,” Ball said.
What this will do to the planning, construction and completion timeline is also unclear at this point, he said.
“We are going back to the drawing board, and we want to start as soon as possible,” Gergen said.
Gergen and Ball said they would be available to speak and meet with anybody who has concerns or comments about the project.
“We’ll meet with anybody, anytime, anywhere ” it’s really helpful to have the dialogue,” Ball said.
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