Opinion: If approved, Canyon Springs will have severe impacts
November 10, 2015
The Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) on Canyon Springs was released on October 28. The public hearing before the Truckee Planning Commission will be November 16-17.
It is imperative that the public attend these hearings to let their voices be heard. The Canyon Springs proposal is for 184 high density residential lots spread over 284 acres east of Glenshire.
One very important issue with this Canyon Springs proposal is one of the major deficiency in the DEIR. The DEIR makes no mention of the Growth Inducing Impacts that Canyon Springs would have in regards to the Teal Property, which is 3,600 acres to the north and east of Canyon Springs.
According to the town of Truckee General Plan (Land Use Element p. 47, Figure LU-3), the town intends to annex 850 acres (take corporate control from Nevada County) of this land. This would allow the town of Truckee to make all decisions about development on this parcel.
Nevada County Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCO), will be the decision maker in regards to the town of Truckee's efforts to annex the Teal parcel. According to LAFCO, if Canyon Springs is conserved as dedicated open space, the prospect of the town of Truckee annexing the 850-acre Teal parcel will not be easy.
Among reasons given is the lack of connection to infrastructure, including roads for access. These facts speak to the Growth Inducing Impact of Canyon Springs. There was no mention of these impacts in the DEIR for Canyon Springs. This is a major deficiency.
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If Canyon Springs is allowed to go forward, it would likely set in motion a chain of events that will result in development three times the size of Canyon Springs. The effects on Truckee's existing residents will be far-ranging and severe.