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Lori Kelley <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />March 4, 2013 <br /> <br />Denyelle Nishimori, Senior Planner <br />10183 Truckee Airport Rd. <br />Truckee, CA 96161 <br /> <br /> <br />Re: Comments for Canyon Springs DEIR <br /> <br />Dear Denyelle, <br /> <br />Below are the comments I am requesting be addressed regarding the adequacy of the DEIR for <br />the proposed Canyon Springs development project. <br />Aesthetics <br />The DEIR contains no maps in the Aesthetics section showing an overlay of proposed project <br />site onto actual current landscape photos of trees, habitat and scenery, including housing models <br />placed to see how the view shed would be impacted. How will this be addressed so the readers are <br />able to sufficiently comprehend and comment on the aesthetics impacts? This is especially necessary <br />due to some lots being proposed on ridges. <br />Will mitigation measures implement removing lots from the plan that would obstruct the view <br />shed once built upon? If not, what mitigation measures would be implemented to insure this view <br />shed not to be compromised? <br />The DEIR makes an assumption that “Currently, the principal source of light pollution in the <br />vicinity of the project site is development with the Town limit”. Where is the evidence to support this <br />statement (P4.1-23). Further, if this were the case, there is no evidence that the current project will <br />not significantly add to the light pollution. Who would monitor light pollution when homes get built, <br />and how would it be guaranteed to be under control? The DEIR states “Grading for future homes and <br />grading operations would be carefully managed to blend into adjacent non-graded areas and protect <br />existing trees” (P4.1-31). How would this be overseen and guaranteed? The DEIR needs to be show <br />proof that a sufficient bond would be posted by the developers to insure this is carried out throughout <br />the infrastructure and build out process (20+years). DEIR states “Infrastructure improvements would <br />comprise approximately 2,600 linear feet of new off-site water mains. As show on Figure 3-11 in <br />Chapter 3… the new 10-inch water main…. would not substantially alter the visual qualities of these <br />areas”. (P4.1-31) It is very difficult to find this on Figure 3-11, and needs to be highlighted or magnified <br />so the average reader can gain a true understanding. Again, visual impacts need to be adequately <br />transparent in the DEIR. <br />The DEIR states “a cumulative impact would be considered significant if, taken together with <br />past, present, and reasonably foreseeable projects in the Town of Truckee SOI and the Boca Quarry <br />project in Nevada County, the project would contribute to an adverse effect on a designated scenic <br />vista, the degradation of the view from a scenic highway, exposure of people on- or off-site to <br />substantial light or glare, or if it would result in a substantial degradation of the visual quality or <br />character of the project site and its surrounding. There are no reasonably foreseeable projects in the