Glenshire group to bone up on development
October 16, 2007
A group of Glenshire residents is arming itself with more legal tools for the next time the proposed Canyon Springs subdivision enters environmental review.SOS (Saving Open Space) Glenshire formed this summer with the mission of preserving open space in and around Truckee, with particular focus on the proposed Canyon Springs development east of Glenshire.Some Glenshire residents have opposed the 289-acre subdivision, which developers had slated for 213 homes before withdrawing the project voluntarily in May. Developers said they plan to re-submit the subdivision application after altering the project.This is a new group with a goal in common of protecting open space versus reacting to development, said Andrea Walhof-Grisham, vice president of SOS Glenshire.One way the group aims to preserve open space is by educating people on how to become involved in the environmental review process of new developments.Terry Watt, an environmental planner, will teach a workshop tonight on the California Environmental Quality Act, equipping those interested to engage in planned projects from Canyon Springs near Glenshire to Royal Gorge on Donner Summit, said Lorna Tirman, an SOS Glenshire board member.We will use Canyon Springs as a for instance, a real-life example to walk us through, Tirman said.John Eaton with the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation another workshop sponsor said Watt has worked on development issues in the Martis Valley and Donner Summit, helping residents become more effective in public process.Showing up and speaking your mind has relevance, but the biggest impact you can have is through the [California Environmental Quality Act] because the decision makers have to follow CEQA by law, Eaton said. Knowing this, people can pose questions in such a way that they will appear in the [Environmental Impact Report].The group is also pushing a purchase of the projects property to preserve it as open space.Our goal is to preserve 100 percent of the project, Walhof-Grisham said.The Glenshire Devonshire Residents Association surveyed its members this summer, finding support for pursuing the purchase of the property as open space (293 yes, 107 no), and support for a sales tax to do so (216 in favor of a sales tax, 101 in favor of a property assessment), said Dan Warren, general manager for the association.But much remains unknown about such a purchase.Its fairly premature at this point since we are uncertain of the developers plans, or even if he would be a willing seller, said Perry Norris, executive director of the Truckee Donner Land Trust. And another question is how do we pay for it. It would be an extensive purchase.