Canyon Springs Campaign Update 


Thanks to your incredible support, Canyon Springs, 290 acres of open space in Eastern Truckee, will be permanently protected! On behalf of the Truckee Donner Land Trust, Mountain Area Preservation, SOS Glenshire, and the Martis Fund, we cannot express how amazed and grateful we are by the outpouring of support for this campaign, reaching the $11.6 million purchase price nearly a month early!



Many lasting impacts to the Truckee Region IF the proposed 203 parcel Canyon Springs project approved
* Increased Traffic & Hazards
* Decreased Fire & Evacuation Safety
* Overcrowded Schools
* Reduced Water Quality & Quantity
* Long Term Construction Noise & Traffic
* Negatively Impacted Property Values
* Threatened Wildlife Habitat & Wetlands
* Growth Inducing Sprawl
* Increased likelihood of more development occurring on the open land east of project

Resources for Writing Letters and Speaking About Canyon Springs
Top Facts on Canyon Springs
Tips for Public Speaking
Timeline for Canyon Springs/Tahoe Boca Development

Visual Resources

CS-Growth Inducing Impacts - MAP


October 31, 2014 – Canyon Springs update

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT NEEDED in the most controversial development in Truckee – CANYON SPRINGS.   RDEIR comment period is extended to 11/20/2014 This revised Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) earmarks an important step in the environmental due process for the Canyon Springs185+ parcel residential development proposed along the eastern boundary of Truckee.  SCROLL DOWN FOR LETTER WRITING INFORMATION.

What is being re-circulated?  *Transportation/Traffic * Biological Resources * Project Alternatives
This is the final opportunity the public will have to respond to the environmental analysis of the development.  A Final EIR will incorporate public response and is expected to be released January 2015.  The Planning Commission Hearing to vote on the approval of the project could occur before the end of this year! SOSG is now hiring experts and legal consul to judiciously and assertively review and comment on the Revised DEIR and forthcoming Final EIR.  We are raising funds now.

  • Review the Revised Draft DEIR and submit comment to the Town by November 20, 2014, 5 pm  (Helpful letter writing details and tools below)
  • Donate to help cover experts, legal consul and other necessary costs in our efforts toward responsible growth and open space preservation outcome
  • Write a letter to the local newspapers, letting the public know how you feel and expanding awareness about this project
  • Attend the Final EIR Hearing at the Town of Truckee (filling Town Hall is Important).  The SOSG website will keep you updated on the timeline
To review the Canyon Springs Revised Draft Environmental Impact Report (RDEIR) Chapters go to the Town of Truckee’s website. Hard copies are available at the Town offices and Glenshire Clubhouse.  Public comments regarding the adequacy of the revised chapters should be submitted to the Town of Truckee Planning Division to Denyelle Nishimori, email:

 SOSG  urges concerned community members to review the revised chapters and submit written comments. For more information or questions please contact SOS Glenshire at   BELOW  ARE  SOME HELPFUL TOOLS FOR COMMENT LETTER WRITING ON THE CANYON SPRINGS PROJECT (deadline 11/20/2014). 

We have attached a drop box link with all of the RDEIR for Canyon Springs including the Appendixes which have the detailed data for the new chapters, Biological Resources & Transportation/Traffic. If you are not familiar with dropbox you will need to download the software to your computer and establish an account to access the files, it is free.
The Town of Truckee General Plan is also an important document to utilize as you craft your comment letter in response to the Canyon Springs development proposal. The Goals and Policies to reference are within Chapter 2: Land Use Element. This chapter will also refer you the the Town’s planned growth and specific projects that we mentioned last night.
Important:  All comments on original DEIR are null and void. If you feel your prior comments were not addressed in this revised DEIR, you will need to re-submit them in this comment period, stating you are re-submitting due to the RDEIR not addressing.

March 2014 Canyon Springs Update

The Town of Truckee and DC&E Planning Center are still working on the revised Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) chapters for Biological Resources and Traffic/Circulation for the proposed high density housing development in the eastern edge of Truckee. Once the revised chapters are released there will be a 45 day comment period for the public and concerned agencies to comment on the new information. The release date for the revised chapters is unknown.We would like to urge the community to write the Planning Commissioners or Town Council Members regarding this project. Public comment can be sent in at any point in the planning process regarding concerns or potential impacts related to the proposed project. For more information regarding the Canyon Springs project contact Senior Planner Denyelle Nishimori at the Town of Truckee, dnishimori@townoftruckee.comCall To Action:  Canyon Springs is pushing a new project. DEIR Comment Period Ends March 6 2013!

(posting updated Feb 12, 2013)

Click this link : CS Issues Concerns to view a POWERFUL presentation of community issues and concerns. (Use computer left-right arrows to play through the presentation)

Click Here For Project & DEIR Commenting Information

Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) PUBLIC MEETING DEC 18, 2012! DEIR RELEASE TO PUBLIC DEC 19, 2012, COMMENT PERIOD EXPIRES MARCH 6, 2013! On June 3, 2010 an application was submitted to the Town of Truckee for the Canyon Springs Truckee 185 parcel Proposed Canyon Springs Developmentproject.  The town has reviewed and accepted the application for completeness.  The DEIR (Draft Environmental Impact Report) consultant was selected by Truckee Town Council on February 17, 2011.  The DEIR Scoping period started on 4/20/11 and expired 5/23/11.  The DEIR was released for public comment period December 19, 2012; the comment period expires March 6, 2013.   SOSG is meeting regularly with MAPF during this entire process and we will email regular updates to those that have joined our email list.  SOSG/MAPF will be hosting community “DEIR commenting & Newspaper letter writing workshops” in spring 2012, and again when the DEIR is released for public comment . Please join our e-list to be involved.

Our efforts still encompass all of the 284 acres. As many are aware, the new owners of the Canyon Springs property are working with the prior developer. We understand that they will be developing 185 lots to sell to private parties to build upon.  There is much concern about the adverse impacts this high density project will have on our community, with increased traffic hazards, decreased property values and threatened wildlife corridors at the top of the list.  Also of main concern is that the approval of a development for the Canyon Springs parcels will create a bridge for other development to attach onto, making it easy for hundreds of additional acres to be developed in the future!  At this point the land owners are moving forward, but the possibility of an open space purchase has not been absolutely excluded.  The land owners and SOSG have agreed to be in communication during this process, along with Mountain Area Preservation Foundation (MAPF), an organization that has been advocating for smart growth and open space protection in our area for over 20 years. SOSG has successfully engaged with other local, county & state agencies to gain support for their mission, along with many supportive community members. We all feel a collaborative process is best.

It is still the preference of many to see the land owners bought out and this land preserved as Open Space. And with the recent blocking to public use of approximately 4,000 acres around our community, it is more crucial than ever to work toward preserving a substantial portion of the Canyon Springs property as open space. These 284 acres of land seem our last resort for substantial usable Open Space around our community. This may be our last chance to protect much of what makes life here so precious.

In case substantial open space preservation is not feasible, we must continue to advocate strongly for a development that is responsible, respectful & compatible with the existing community. Both these goals – either preservation of the land or mitigation of the development – are costly! Funds are needed for legal consul & the services of experts to review and comment on the DEIR.

The newly proposed Canyon Springs development could nearly eliminate the deer migration corridor used by the Loyalton-Truckee deer herd for their winter and summer migration. This is the only major corridor left within the Town of Truckee.

We would certainly prefer to use our funds to pay the land owners rather than pay mitigation costs, and have expressed same to the land owners. We hope they will be encouraged at some point to meet at the bargaining table. There has been some interest expressed, so we do have hope!

Learn more in how you can voice your concern and Take Action Now!

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