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February 25, 2013 <br />To: Denyelle Nishimori <br />Senior Planner <br />Town of Truckee <br />10183 Truckee Airport Rd. <br />Truckee, CA 96161 <br />Re: Comments on the Proposed Canyon Springs Development Draft EIR (DEIR) <br />Dear Denyelle, <br />I am writing in response to my review and apparent inadequacies of the Canyon Springs DEIR. I am an <br />individual responding to the DEIR as part of the public comment allowance and process. The following <br />are my personal observed inadequacies of the DEIR and studies referring to the DEIR at the proposed <br />Canyon Springs site: <br />1. Neither the traffic impacts upon Olympic Heights subdivision at Glenshire Drive, nor the traffic <br />impacts at the Glenshire Drive/ Donner Pass Road intersection are adequately addressed in the <br />DEIR. The listed traffic mitigation measures in the DEIR are not feasible and the implemented <br />traffic mitigation measures will not be successful given the current high use and dangerousness <br />of Glenshire Drive. The DEIR assumes that the Railyard Master Plan will have constructed the <br />Donner Pass extension road improvement, which is inadequate since the Railyard has no known <br />timeline for completion. Also the DEIR states Mitigation Measure TRANS -4 will prepare a <br />'Construction Traffic Management <br />Plan' prior to the Phase I construction <br />yet <br />there is no <br />information or content of this plan <br />in the DEIR (4.14 -71). The DEIR needs <br />to <br />be revised to <br />include traffic mitigation measures that are feasible and not tied to a project with an unknown <br />timeline, while also including the actual content of the 'Construction Traffic Management Plan ". <br />2. The DEIR fails to adequately analyze the projects potential safety risk at the intersections of <br />Donner Pass Road and Glenshire Drive. The DEIR addresses historical accident data at these <br />intersections (DEIR 4.14 -26), but does not provide any analysis of future potential impacts if the <br />project were to go forward. The traffic mitigation measure TRANS -5 states that the applicant will <br />fund and conduct a traffic safety study and implement the needed safety mechanisms from the <br />study (DEIR 4.14 -72). 1 believe that is illegal under CEQA, since the study does not state how the <br />safety issues will be mitigated for the project and defers the study to be completed after <br />approvals. The DEIR needs to be revised to include a Traffic Safety study and then re- circulated <br />for public comments. <br />3. The Canyon Springs site is a notable deer migration route and is known existing habitat for the <br />sensitive game species. The referenced wildlife report leading to the findings of the DEIR does <br />not appear adequately peer reviewed, nor was it reviewed by the responsible managing agency <br />for the deer herd, the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife -DFW (previously Dept. of Fish and <br />Game -DFG). The wildlife report and findings of no significant impact to the deer herd is grossly <br />