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March 6, 2013 <br />Attention: Denyelle Nishimori <br /> Town of Truckee Planning Commission <br />Regarding: Canyon Springs DEIR <br /> <br /> <br />Dear Sirs/Madams, <br /> <br />After looking through the DEIR and having attended the presentation by those who <br />prepared the report, I have numerous concerns about issues that were either not <br />addressed at all or not addressed adequately. I’ll stick to just the main points here. <br /> <br />Traffic <br />The preparer of this report seems very clearly to be bringing an urban mentality to the <br />issue. Imposing urban traffic levels on a rural setting such as this one shows that the <br />DEIR and its preparer are out of touch with the setting and the values of the people <br />living in Truckee. Even setting aside the safety concerns for a moment, the resulting <br />dramatic increase in noise pollution, as well as other types of pollution, would go a long <br />way to turning a rural mountain town into an urban setting. Specifically, stating that an <br />increase of 850 to over one thousand vehicle trips on residential roads is acceptable is <br />divorced from the reality of rural mountain town life, and reflects an urban bias that has <br />no place in this setting. Additionally, how those numbers of increased traffic were <br />determined is highly suspect. <br /> <br />Safety <br />The amount of attention given to safety was woefully inadequate. On the stretch of <br />Glenshire Drive between Martis Peak Road and Hirschdale Road, the only focus on <br />safety was on the average number of auto collisions reported over the past few years. <br />The most obvious fault with this approach is the absence of unreported collisions, <br />including accidents involving wildlife. While it is difficult, if not impossible, to come up <br />with an accurate number for unreported accidents, that is not an excuse to omit them <br />from consideration. Bicyclists, for instance, are frequently endangered with the number <br />of vehicles already using that stretch of road. Increasing the number of vehicles as <br />dramatically as this project proposes would increase danger to cyclists, wildlife, and <br />drivers to an unacceptable level. <br /> <br />Migratory Corridor <br />Simply putting up a few cameras and checking them to see whether they’ve taken any <br />shots of wildlife is laughable as a means of determining whether this project will have an <br />impact on the migratory corridor. Wildlife photographers spend years trying to capture <br />shots of wildlife using trip-activated cameras. The fact that wildlife can be illusive <br />doesn’t mean it isn’t there. We already know that there is a migratory corridor through <br />this area and it is a natural next step to determine that a project the size of this one will <br />very definitely have a dramatic negative impact on it. This impact was not properly <br />addressed in the report. <br />