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Canyon Springs: Revised environmental report out for development

Margaret Moran
mmoran@sierrasun.com
A site within the proposed Canyon Springs development near Glenshire is seen here.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — In response to feedback on the initial environmental report for the Canyon Springs development, a fresh version was recently released, a town official said.

The revised draft Environmental Impact Report includes the following new information:

Updated traffic impact analysis on thresholds at intersections,

Additional field study on Jeffrey pine and sagebrush plant communities,

Additional data related to long-range studies on the Loyalton-Truckee mule deer herd,

Clarification on current site uses for the No Project Alternative and a new alternative that provides a buffer between the residential subdivision and the open space area in the southeast corner of the site.

MORE PUBLIC COMMENT

A new round of public comment is under way, but comment will only be accepted on the revised portions.

Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m., Nov. 12, and can be mailed to Denyelle Nishimori at Town of Truckee Planning Division, 10183 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee, CA 96161; emailed to dnishimori@townoftruckee.com; or faxed to 530-582-7889.

Afterward, the town — acting as lead agency for the project — will review the comments, and a final EIR will be prepared, Nishimori said.

While its release depends on comments received, the final EIR could be available by the end of January 2015, she said.

Then, public review and Truckee Planning Commission consideration of the project will follow, Nishimori said.

An electronic copy of the revised draft EIR can be downloaded from the front page of townoftruckee.com, while hard copies are at the Truckee Community Development Department at 10183 Truckee Airport Road, Glenshire Devonshire Residents Association Clubhouse at 15726 Glenshire Drive and Truckee Library at 10031 Levon Ave.

“It is great to see the continuation of the public review process for Canyon Springs,” said Christopher “Chip” Huck, one of the owners of the proposed Canyon Springs development and project manager. “The information contained in the recirculated DEIR sections does not change any of the earlier findings; all impacts of the project will be mitigated to a less-than-significant level.

“We are looking forward to a Planning Commission hearing within the next few months.”

PROJECT DETAILS

PlaceWorks, formerly known as DC&E/The Planning Center, prepared the revised draft EIR.

In November 2013, Truckee Town Council approved a maximum $114,080 contract to allow the Southern California-based company to fully respond to 77 draft EIR comments, prepare the final EIR and attend meetings.

Included in that price was the recirculation of biological resources and transportation and traffic sections of the draft EIR, which cost $23,999, Nishimori said.

The project applicant, Canyon Springs Joint Venture, is funding the EIR process, which is not expected to exceed $437,938, according to previous reports.

Canyon Springs is a proposed residential subdivision located in the far eastern end of Truckee, adjacent to Glenshire. A total of 185 lots — 177 market-rate single family lots and 8 affordable housing lots — are proposed to be built in phases on approximately 284 acres, of which 176.17 acres will be kept as open space.

To learn more, canyonspringsoftruckee.com and townoftruckee.com.