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FU J 11%6 (0m r'M&-f#- <br />Laura Dabe <br />Subject: FW: Canyon Springs Development <br />From: Brian Wertheim [brian_wertheim] <br />Sent: Tuesday, March 05, 2013 10:17 AM <br />To: Denyelle Nishimori <br />Subject: Canyon Springs Development <br />To Whom It May Concern: <br />I tried to read the 600 pages plus of the environmental review but because the document is so large it would not entirely <br />load into my computer. Therefore I only read parts of the document. From the parts that I was able to see, it appears <br />obvious the construction of a large new subdivision in the Glenshire area of Truckee will create more vehicle trips to and <br />from downtown and also out to 1 -80 via Hirshdale's road. <br />The document has some vehicle statistics collected by someone who evidently won't take a little extra time to do their <br />job. For instance, there was a traffic survey made where data was collected on a specific Wednesday sometime <br />between 3:30pm and 5:30 pm (forgive me if I have the times wrong as I don't have a printout of that page from which to <br />retrieve the exact information). I think the data collector reported something like 240 cars drove by during that time <br />and concluded that intersection would be a safe one for increase traffic. What about the people who go home through <br />that intersection between 5:30pm and 6:30pm? or 5:30pm and 7:30pm? The out of the area firm which created the <br />environmental analysis did not take the necessary time and energy to collect information for a four hour period let alone <br />for a seven day period. Based on that laziness alone, I would recommend the Town reject whatever wonderful <br />conclusions the researcher extrapolated to be a "safe" level of traffic. <br />The Town of Truckee is not properly maintaining Glenshire Drive for the volume of traffic that has been using it regularly <br />for the past ten years. The road surface is rutted from studded tires and chains (probably from the Town's own snow <br />removal operations). The Town has done little maintenance wise other than pay a contractor to apply useless slurry seal <br />to try to "preserve" the already worn out road. In fact, I hired the same slurry seal contractor to perform work for some <br />of my clients in Alpine Meadows and my clients and I have concluded the slurry is a waste of money. Cracks reappeared <br />in all the driveways within six weeks of the application. (And these are driveways, not even roads!) All asphalt paving in <br />the Tahoe - Truckee area should be considered to have a ten year maximum life. The Town should plan for regular <br />complete repaving jobs in their budget. <br />Once the Town has shown it's property owners and citizens that the Town is regularly willing to and proud to maintain <br />Glenshire Drive in a good, safe driving condition, then one might consider allowing more development in the Glenshire <br />area. <br />Furthermore, the size of the proposed Canyon Springs development in such an extreme fire hazard area is another <br />oversight. No one wants to lose a home to a wildfire. The Truckee Fire Assistant Chief told me a number of years ago <br />that, "It is not a question of if that part of Truckee will burn, it is simply a matter of when." So the Town Fire <br />Department already knows parts of Truckee are doomed to be burned catastrophically yet the Town Council and regular <br />staff pretend wildfire is a minor issue. If your Town staff approves Canyon Springs in a location as remote as Glenshire, <br />can the Town assure the resident's lives and property will never be placed at risk due to poor planning and bad <br />access /escape routes? <br />What about in winter? Is Glenshire Drive a road you "feel" safe driving when it is icy and it is "rush" hour? The Canyon <br />Springs document says there are fewer accidents on the road and it's intersections during periods of bad weather, so it <br />1 <br />