My Turn: Concerned with Canyon Springs development |

My Turn: Concerned with Canyon Springs development

Maxine Besio Rix
Special to the Sun

Upon looking for the appropriate e-mail address to forward my concerns regarding the Canyon Springs development, I noticed that the town planner position was noted and#8220;vacantand#8221; on the Town of Truckee website. It is my understanding that this position will not be filled due to budget constraints.

The Canyon Springs Development is a major concern to me for a number of reasons.

I live in Glenshire. I donand#8217;t feel that Glenshire Drive can safely support more traffic. If we ever had to evacuate this development in case of a fire we would be stuck in traffic with only 2 exits … one toward town and the other toward Hirschdale. There are currently 1,400 properties within Glenshire and Devonshire plus an additional 14 smaller communities out this way. The majority of these are permanent residents. I would imagine that at least 2 cars per household is the norm. Do the math. It doesnand#8217;t make sense to put 183 more properties with and#8220;x amountand#8221; of automobiles on the already overcrowded Glenshire Drive. In fact I feel that it would be irresponsible without doing something to the infrastructure.

Glenshire has had a reoccurring problem with arsenic in our water. The lower the water level gets the bigger the problem becomes. The PUD actually has to mix wells to get the arsenic level into control. It is and#8220;borderlineand#8221; at that. How would Canyon Springs Wells affect our water level and quality?

There is currently a study being done on deer migration in the Glenshire area. I think nothing should be done until this study is completed. After all we moved here to enjoy the beauty of the area and the wild life that occupies it.

I am also wondering if anyone has thought how this development would impact the Glenshire Elementary School.

The existing smaller communities out this way arenand#8217;t even built out yet. I feel that the Canyon Springs development is too large.

When I addressed my concerns to the person on the planning commission that is overseeing the Canyon Springs Development the response I got was: and#8220;The Town looked at the original project constraints a few years ago. We prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report in 2007 with feedback from all of the districts. Schools, emergency services, and water were all considered. Because this document was never adopted, I cannot definitely say what the impacts were, but generally the School District, Fire Department, and PUD did not say the project could not be approved.and#8221;

This response sounds a bit vague to me and points out that the impact and#8220;studyand#8221; is now three years old.

Letand#8217;s plan for a safe future and good quality of life.

and#8212; Maxine Besio Rix is a Truckee resident.

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