Truckee’s Canyon Springs: Still no word on revised development plan
You can learn more about the project on the developer’s website, www.canyonspringsoftruckee.com, though it had not yet been updated with any new information as of Nov. 17.
The Town of Truckee’s Planning Services page — www.townoftruckee.com/departments/planning-division — also contains information on the history of the proposal, as well as other developments planned or proposed within town limits.
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Canyon Springs development was supposed to be Truckee’s next big thing. It even included affordable housing.
The 203-lot residential plan eyed for east of the town’s Glenshire subdivision was put on hold last December after the developer requested more time to work on a scaled-down proposal — which came after the Truckee Planning Commission held a pair of several-hour night hearings on the development exactly one year ago.
According to a Dec. 1, 2015, report from the Sierra Sun: “In a written request to John McLaughlin, the town of Truckee’s community development director, dated Nov. 25, Greg C. Gatto, an attorney for project applicant Canyon Springs Joint Venture, stated a modified project proposal is anticipated to be ready for presentation to the Truckee Planning Commission in January 2016.”
But that presentation never happened. Truckee Town Manager Tony Lashbrook said in an email to the Sun this week that since then, “essentially nothing much has happened.”
Truckee Planning Manager Denyelle Nishimori confirmed Lashbrook’s statement and said nothing much has happened with the project since the November 2015 hearings.
“There is rumor that the developer may be submitting a revised site plan/Tentative Map, but we have not received anything,” she said in an email on Nov. 16.
The project’s developer, CST Holdings, faced criticism last year that the project would negatively impact the deer population. Other issues raised by the public included increased traffic and greenhouse gas emissions.
According to previous reports, nearly 70 individuals made remarks at the Nov. 16 planning commission hearing — only two of whom spoke in favor of the development that was proposed to be built out in phases on a roughly 284-acre plot of land, a portion of which will be preserved for open space and public trails.
The residential development plan, which was for 177 single-family, market-rate lots and 26 single-family affordable housing lots, was put on hold when the developer requested additional time to submit a modified proposal.
According to the Dec. 1 Sun article, Christopher “Chip” Huck, a property owner of the Canyon Springs site and project manager, issued the following statement: “Currently we are evaluating plan modifications that improve overall project design, reduce units, increase open space connectivity and buffers, and further reduce impacts and concerns. We will look forward to sharing more information with the public in the near future.”
Also according to that report, a modified project proposal was anticipated for January 2016. Nothing ever came.
Recently, the Sun asked the developer’s spokesperson, Derek Moore, for information about where the project currently stands. In a conference call on Nov. 16, Moore and Huck declined to provide any information about the revised development, and instead requested to submit an email statement the following day.
According to that email, sent by Moore on Nov. 17, Huck said: “We are working on responses and project information and we anticipate completing the results in December. A new website describing the project will go live upon completion of our results. We will make a public announcement when the website goes live.”
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