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March  4,  2013   <br />To:  Denyelle  Nishimori,  Senior  Planner,  Town  of  Truckee   <br />Re:  Comments  on  the  Proposed  Canyon  Springs  project  DEIR     <br />Dear  Denyelle,   <br />The  following  are  comments  and  concerns  regarding  the  adequacy  of  the  DEIR  for  the  proposed   <br />Canyon  Springs  housing  development:   <br />ENVIRONMENTAL  EVALUATION   <br />Cumulative  Projects  Considered  p.  4-­‐4   <br />The  Town  of  Truckee  recently  updated  its  long-­‐term  sphere  of  influence  under  the  Nevada   <br />County  LAFCO  to  include  property  adjacent  and  east  of  the  proposed  Canyon  Springs  project.   <br />Under  Nevada  County,  this  property  is  zoned  for  planned  development  and  as  such  should  be   <br />included  in  the  scope  of  this  EIR  for  cumulative  impacts  throughout  the  document.   <br />The  DEIR  states  “…The  residential  properties  surrounding  the  project  site  to  the  west  within  the   <br />Town  limit  are  primarily  considered  “built-­‐out”  under  the  Town’s  zoning  designations  RS-­‐X   <br />(Residential  Single-­‐Family  –  Built-­‐Out)  and  RR-­‐X  (Rural  Residential  –  Built-­‐Out);  accordingly,  no   <br />substantial  reasonably  foreseeable  projects  would  occur  in  this  area….”  Please  clarify  how  you   <br />define  build-­‐out.  Already  approved  subdivisions  including  Elkhorn  Ridge,  and  the  The  Bluffs  are   <br />largely  vacant  lots,  building  is  still  occurring  in  Juniper  Hills  and  requests  to  split  and  subdivide   <br />lots  are  still  submitted  for  property  near  Juniper  Hills.   <br />BIOLOGICAL  RESOURCES   <br />In  the  Agriculture  section  on  p.  4.2-­‐7,  the  DEIR  states  “…A  central  portion  of  the  project  site  is   <br />zoned  Open  Space  in  recognition  of  a  wildlife  migration  corridor,  and  the  remainder  of  the  site   <br />is  zoned  for  residential  use…”  State  of  California  data  for  the  mule  deer  migration  corridor   <br />indicates  a  north  south  passage  across  the  proposed  project  site  while  the  proposed  open   <br />space  runs  largely  east  to  west.  To  suggest  the  open  space  set  aside  in  the  project  will  be  used   <br />by  wildlife,  mule  deer  in  particular,  is  speculation  unless  there  is  data  to  support  this  statement.   <br />Goal  COS-­‐4,  P  4.2  Protect  sensitive  wildlife  habitat  from  destruction  and  intrusion  by   <br />incompatible  land  uses  where  appropriate.  All  efforts  to  protect  sensitive  habitats  should   <br />consider  (1)  Sensitive  habitat  and  movement  corridors  in  the  areas  adjacent  to  development   <br />sites,  as  well  as  on  the  development  site  itself,  (2)  Prevention  of  habitat  fragmentation  and  loss   <br />of  connectivity  (p  7-­‐31)  This  project  blocks  a  known  deer  migration  corridor,  making  no  attempt   <br />to  protect  it.  New  deer  study  data  needs  to  be  incorporated  into  DEIR,  as  current  analysis  is  not   <br />sufficient  and  updated.   <br />