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March 4, 2013 <br /> <br />Ms. Denyelle Nishimori, Senior Planner <br />10183 Truckee Airport Rd. <br />Truckee, CA 96161 <br />dnishimori@townoftruckee.com <br /> <br />Re: Comments for Canyon Springs DEIR <br /> <br />Dear Denyelle, <br /> <br />The following are comments and concerns regarding the adequacy of the DEIR for the proposed Canyon <br />Springs housing development: <br /> <br />LAND USE AND GENERAL PLAN COMPLIANCE: <br /> <br />Goal COS-9 Link open space areas in Truckee through a well-connected network of open space and trails. <br />(p 7-40). <br />Trails in this project do not connect with the entire development, or the Town of Truckee’s trail <br />network. <br /> <br /> Section LU-P9.7 Oppose development within the Planning Area that significantly impacts the Town’s <br />natural ecosystems and viewsheds. Goal CC-1 Preserve open space in Truckee that contributes to the <br />town’s scenic mountain community character. ¤ Ensuring that new development enhances the desired <br />character of each of these areas. And section COS-P1.1 s Acquire and preserve open space lands in <br />Truckee, and purchase development rights for the purpose of open space preservation, with priority <br />given to the following open space types: ¤ Pristine open space and large blocks of undeveloped open <br />space. <br />Canyon Springs will significantly impact the 8 acres of meadows and wetlands that occur on this <br />property. The construction of bridges will cause impacts to the wetlands they are supposedly <br />enhancing. The development will cause discontinuity in the meadow systems and springs with unknown <br />and possibly devastating consequences to these special meadows. These meadows are a significant <br />part of Truckee’s scenic mountain community character and there is no justification to have any impact <br />on these valuable ecosystems. At least 8 lots in phases 7 and 8 and within 200 feet of wetlands, <br />Goal LU-5 – Encourage a mix of land uses in the Town to promote a vibrant community and to reduce <br />traffic… <br /> Canyon Springs is in direct conflict with this goal. It significantly increases traffic w/o doing anything to <br />promote a vibrant community or mixed land use. <br /> Goal COS-15 - Encourage conservation of energy and fuel resources, strive to reduce generation of solid <br />waste, and promote environmental sustainability. <br />Canyon Springs is on the far outskirts of Truckee, which does not encourage sustainability and will use <br />more energy and fuel resources for construction as well as for the distance residents will have to travel <br />to services, since it provides no services to the development. <br />