Development Update: Canyon Springs

Development AreaCall To Action:  Canyon Springs is pushing a new project.

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On June 3, 2010 an application was submitted to the Town of Truckee for the Canyon Springs Truckee 185 parcel project.  The town has reviewed and accepted the application for completeness.  The DEIR (Draft Environmental Impact Report) consultant was selected by Truckee Town Council on February 17, 2011.  The DEIR Scoping period started on 4/20/11 and expires 5/23/11.  The DEIR  is expected as early as summer 2011.   SOSG is meeting regularly with MAPF during this entire process  and we will email regular updates to those that have joined our email list.  SOSG will be hosting  “scoping letter sessions” with community members where all requests of such letter are required to be addressed by in the DEIR                                                                    Please  join our e-list to be involved.

Our efforts still encompass all of the 284 acres. As many are aware, the new owners of the Canyon Springs property are working with the prior developer. We understand that they will be developing 185 lots to sell to private parties to build upon.  There is much concern about the adverse impacts this high density project will have on our community, with increased traffic hazards, decreased property values and threatened wildlife corridors at the top of the list.  Also of main concern is that the approval of a development for the Canyon Springs parcels will create a bridge for other development to attach onto, making it easy for hundreds of additional acres to be developed in the future!  At this point the land owners are moving forward, but the possibility of an open space purchase has not been absolutely excluded.  The land owners and SOSG have agreed to be in communication during this process, along with Mountain Area Preservation Foundation (MAPF), an organization that has been advocating for smart growth and open space protection in our area for over 20 years. SOSG has successfully engaged with other local, county & state agencies to gain support for their mission, along with many supportive community members. We all feel a collaborative process is best.

It is still the preference of many to see the land owners bought out and this land preserved as Open Space. And with the recent blocking to public use of approximately 4,000 acres around our community, it is more crucial than ever to work toward preserving a substantial portion of the Canyon Springs property as open space. These 283 acres of land seem our last resort for substantial usable Open Space around our community. This may be our last chance to protect much of what makes life here so precious.

In case substantial open space preservation is not feasible, we must continue to advocate strongly for a development that is responsible, respectful & compatible with the existing community. Both these goals – either preservation of the land or mitigation of the development – are costly! Funds are needed for legal consul & the services of experts to review and comment on the DEIR. We need to raise substantial additional funds NOW!

The newly proposed Canyon Springs development could nearly eliminate the deer migration corridor used by the Loyalton-Truckee deer herd for their winter and summer migration. This is the only major corridor left within the Town of Truckee.

We would certainly prefer to use our funds to pay the land owners rather than pay mitigation costs, and have expressed same to the land owners. We hope they will be encouraged at some point to meet at the bargaining table. There has been some interest expressed, so we do have hope!

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