Letter to the Editor: Residents are worried about Canyon Springs
November 14, 2010
Your front-page coverage on the Canyon Springs development east of Glenshire comes at a critical time. Residents are worried, and we should be. Canyon Springs is development that has no end.
The result: more traffic, more loss of limited, open space, and more loss of wildlife habitat. While the developer believes the town will benefit from more money, do we really need another ghost development with hundreds of vacant lots, homes and condos already approved by the town?
More traffic? More than 7,000 cars travel every day in and out of Glenshire already! More cars is an accident waiting to happen. With only two exits, Glenshire and all of its surrounding neighborhoods with more than 2,200 residences, including Olympic Heights, are at great risk if an evacuation is necessary. Remember the tragic Oakland Hills fire? Without shoulders and sidewalks, streets are already unsafe for kids to bike, walk, and play, especially in the winter.
More loss of open space? If developed, Canyon Springs opens the door to future development of adjacent, private properties that continue for thousands of acres to the east and#8212; certainly not infill, only sprawl.
More loss of wildlife? The Verdi mule deer population is already threatened without Canyon Springs in the way.
Last, itand#8217;s not right that an out-of-state developer begins construction before his project is approved through the townand#8217;s legally mandated development process. As we have in our community before, hereand#8217;s another developer putting profits before people. How many homeowners were sold on Glenshire having access to open space for recreation? Why should we sacrifice our quality of life and safety for an unnecessary development engineered by out-of-state developers? Do we just sit back and watch our neighborhood change forever? When does it end?
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