Opinion: Please take Canyon Springs proposal down to appropriate size
November 30, 2015
Although great that our headlines are about ski resorts opening early for the first time in 20 years, your piece on 11/20/15, "All eyes on Dec. 1 for next steps with controversial Truckee development," was spot on.
The reporter called out the town of Truckee Planning Commission as thorough decision-makers for the Canyon Springs development application, just on the border of Glenshire in Truckee.
As a community, we cannot say enough good for the PC's thoughtful questions to both the applicant and opponents to the project — to which there are many.
As a forthright and scientific opponent to the project, I would like to personally inform the entire Truckee community that this application for sprawled development is not only bad for real estate value, it is detrimental to the mule deer herd, it will be impacting to all waterways and Glenshire pond's water quality, and it is located in a place that would be suitable for conservation as a viable project alternative.
When folks go out there to run, bike, hike, or walk their dog, they are trespassing. It is private property, which, if anyone wants to respect the land use process or private property rights, at this time, they should assume the risk of such trespasses.
Luckily, the environmental impact report is not only assumptive, it is quite boilerplate for a site that could be rendered as high conservation value.
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It is time the owners do the math and recognize that partnering with THIS community for conservation value will be a bigger win than blighted sprawl, infrastructure construction, and wildlife fatalities.
This is not a NIMBY issue, it's just a bad idea, and bad science to boot. As SOS Glenshire said in the beginning, "TOO MUCH, WRONG PLACE."
Dear developers, take your development to an appropriate site.
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