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New Canyon Springs owners exploring options

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun
Canyon Spring's new property owners are weighing their options on the Glenshire-area property.
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TRUCKEE “-Canyon Spring’s new property owners are weighing their options on the Glenshire-area property.

Christopher Huck of Duke Huycke LLC, which formed as the landholders for the property, has moved to Truckee to start planning their next steps.

The previous owners and would-be developers for the site east of Glenshire, Tahoe Boca LLC, defaulted March 2008, leading their lenders to put their portion of the project up for sale. About 210 of the 289 acres were owned by Tahoe Boca LLC; the remaining acreage is still owned locally by Christy and Paul Curtis.

“We’re considering pretty much anything at this point,” Huck said. “Being out here gives me more insight into how thing work.”

Huck said he is overseeing research and analysis, which has just recently begun.

“There is still a fair amount of information we need so it’s tough to put a specific time frame to it,” Huck said.

Options range from development to selling the land, Huck said, but whatever happens, he said he plans an open public process.

“Duke Huycke, LLC paid $7,296,696 in March 2008, but we calculate our current investment in the property at over $9.6 million,” Huck said.

Huck said he has been in contact with the Truckee Donner Land Trust, who have expressed interest in preserving the property in the past.

Perry Norris, executive director of the land trust, said they are exploring multiple options as well.

“We’d like to find a solution that is a win-win for conservation, Glenshire, and the land owners as well,” Norris said. “What that looks like exactly might involve compromise on everybody’s part.”

He said the land trust is still trying to figure out what natural resources are on the site.

“We don’t know if it’s suitable for modest development or to totally preserve,” Norris said.

One local group, Save Open Space around Glenshire, has been looking into exactly what wildlife use the woods near the subdivision.

The group has solicited wildlife sightings from local residents on its web page, sosglenshire.org, said Martha Frantz, secretary of the group’s board.

“People have been so responsive in the last two months,” she said. “I’d estimate there have been dozens of sightings.”

Those sightings have included deer, likely from the Loyalton-Truckee herd, birds, and maybe even a mountain lion.

“Wildlife experts we’ve spoken to agree that wildlife is impacted by development and human activity, the question is east of Glenshire is it a significant impact or critical ” we don’t know,” Frantz said.

Board President Leigh Golden said a formal study will be an important next step, as the last wildlife survey was likely as much as 20 years ago.

This makes the group wary of development at Canyon Springs, which potentially lands in a deer migration corridor, she said.

“We continue to promote studies that foster preservation of open space there, but at the same time study mitigation measures for development if it comes to that,” Frantz said.

Golden said the group needs to see what the property owners propose first, but added Truckee should probably look to infill development, not sprawl.

“Ultimately it’s up to the community, we’re just bringing the issues to light,” Golden said.

Frantz said SOS Glenshire has a cordial relationship with the new property owners.

Go to http://www.canyonspringsoftruckee.com to contact the owners with any questions. To log wildlife sightings around Glenshire, or to learn more about Save Open Space around Glenshire, go to http://www.sosglenshire.org.


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