Town approves $305K for Canyon Springs environmental review
TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Town council has approved more than $305,000 for an environmental review of the controversial Canyon Springs development project.Denyelle Nishimori, associate planner for the town, asked town council last Thursday for a $305,996 contract to be awarded to Berkeley, Calif.-based consultants Design Community and Environment to prepare an Environmental Impact Report of a newly submitted Canyon Springs project that would create up to 185 lots on 284 acres near the Glenshire neighborhood at the townandamp;#8217;s eastern limit.Nishimori also recommended an additional $25,000 in contingency funding should additional consultant work be needed.Council members said the review will be crucial for further investigation into the project application submitted by Canyon Springs of Truckee owner Christopher andamp;#8220;Chipandamp;#8221; Huck in June 2010.andamp;#8220;I know itandamp;#8217;s a sensitive project for our community, but this is the process where we get to the meat of issue,andamp;#8221; said councilwoman Joan Jones.In October 2010, concerns were raised by Glenshire residents and the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation, a Truckee-based open space preservation agency, when Huck began county permitted road construction off Martis Peak Road, creating the primary access point to connect to the still-to-be-approved project.While some Glenshire residents and MAPF felt the construction was premature, Nishimori in a previous interview said the construction was a county decision and would provide for a fire turnaround andamp;#8212; allowing fire trucks space to maneuver in case of emergency.In her report to council, Nishimori said DCandamp;E was chosen because of its experience with a similar EIR completed in Mammoth, Calif., for the firmandamp;#8217;s detailed knowledge of Truckee and for its commitment to extensive public outreach.Town council questioned Nishimori if residents participated in consultant selection, or if town staff were the only decision makers.Nishimori said staff made the DCandamp;E recommendation, yet an effort was made to locate eligible residents to perform the review.andamp;#8220;It was difficult for us to find someone who couldnandamp;#8217;t be found to have some type of conflict (of interest) with the project,andamp;#8221; she said.Going forward, a timeline for the EIR will be finalized after a meeting between council and DCandamp;E to happen within the andamp;#8220;next few weeks,andamp;#8221; Nishimori said.
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