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November 17, 2014 <br /> <br />To: Denyelle Nishimori, Senior Planner <br />10183 Truckee Airport Rd. <br />Truckee, CA 96161 <br /> <br /> <br />Re: Comments for Canyon Springs Revised DEIR <br /> <br />Dear Denyelle, <br /> <br />The following are comments and concerns regarding the adequacy of the RDEIR for the proposed Canyon <br />Springs housing development: <br /> <br />Traffic/Transportation: I have grave concerns that the traffic study submitted for the RDEIR continues to <br />utilize data from the summer of 2011, a time when our economy was in more of a downturn, translating into <br />less visitors to the area and less construction vehicles on the road. Moreover, a traffic study with concerns for <br />safety and a true picture of how a major development would impact Glenshire should be undertaken when <br />school is in session and during snowload. <br /> <br />Open Space Conservation: Our Truckee General Plan states: <br />The Conservation and Open Space Element of the General Plan is dedicated <br />to preserving and improving the quantity, quality, and character of open <br />space in Truckee, and to conserving and enhancing the town’s important <br />natural resources. It identifies Truckee’s important open space lands and resources <br />and ensures that future development will respect the natural and scenic <br />qualities of those places, helping to shape the desired physical form of the <br />community by safeguarding open space for future generations. The Element <br />also seeks to strengthen the role of the Town and its citizens as environmental <br />stewards, striving to minimize individual and collective impacts on <br />local and global resources and to improve the overall health of the planet. <br />The General Plan Vision Statement recognizes that Truckee is a place that is <br />defined by its natural setting and open spaces. Dramatic mountain peaks and <br />ridges surround the town, and its neighborhoods are knit together through <br />the landscape of the Truckee River valley, meadows and forestlands. This <br />natural context provides the setting for many of the elements that define <br />Truckee’s sense of place and that are central to its quality of life: abundant <br />outdoor recreational opportunities, a rich diversity of habitats for plants and <br />animals, and uninterrupted vistas and scenic views from almost every part of <br />the town.Since open space and natural resources issues generally transcend the boundaries <br />defined by the Town limits, it should be emphasized that, perhaps more <br />than some other elements of the General Plan, the Conservation and Open <br />Space Element provides guidance for a range issues that affect both the Town <br />and the wider Planning Area. <br /> <br />Such a sprawling development as the proposed Canyon Springs will adversely affect the continuity of open <br />space in and around Glenshire, negatively impacting wildlife and human enjoyment of our natural resources. <br /> <br />Thank you for allowing me to address my concerns regarding the RDEIR for Canyon Springs. Please feel free <br />to contact me with questions regarding my comments and concerns addressing the adequacy of the RDEIR. <br /> <br />Sincerely, <br /> Karen A. Foster <br />10380 Beckett Place <br />Truckee, CA 96161 <br /> <br />650-465-7843