Truckee development: Canyon Springs submits new plan for property east of Glenshire
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; A proposal to develop the Canyon Springs property east of Glenshire has again been submitted to the town, and it’s still drawing controversy from area land preservation groups.
Land owners Canyon Springs Joint Venture submitted plans to the town on Thursday, June 3, starting the ball rolling on the 283-acre property. Plans call for 185 lots, including eight dedicated to affordable housing, down from previous owner’s plans for 213 homes.
and#8220;We’re taking the approach of respectful development,and#8221; said Christopher Huck, one of the property owners. and#8220;We’re emphasizing green design and sustainability.and#8221;
That includes 68 percent of the property remaining open space, Huck said, with the majority of that being publicly accessible through planned trails.
However, the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation, working with Save Open Space Glenshire, takes issue with the project and the 68 percent projection.
and#8220;We have a lot of concerns,and#8221; said John Eaton, president of the foundation. and#8220;The biggest thing is this is a huge development way off in the periphery of the town and#8212; good development should be in the core.and#8221; Eaton also said the project doesn’t accommodate area wetlands or a deer migration corridor.
Leigh Golden of SOS Glenshire said the group still is concerned with traffic.
and#8220;The impacts are going to be horrific,and#8221; Golden said. and#8220;We’ve tried to negotiate but they’re not interested.and#8221;
He said the group’s goal is to see the property bought and preserved as open space.
Huck said the owners will work with MAPF and SOS Glenshire, as well as surrounding homeowners, the Truckee Donner Land Trust, Truckee Trails Foundation the school and fire districts and anyone else who wants to discuss the project.
and#8220;We’re willing to meet with anyone,and#8221; Huck said. and#8220;We’ve had a lot of good communication with people.and#8221;
Previous owners, Tahoe Boca LLC, defaulted in 2008, and its portion of the property went up for sale.
The project proposed 213 homes, with access through Edinburgh Drive and Martis Peak, but met significant resistance from Glenshire residents, who formed SOS Glenshire in response.
SOS criticized potential traffic generated by the project and environmental impacts to the site. The owners then voluntarily withdrew the project in 2007, but didn’t come back with a new one before defaulting.
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