Canyon Springs DEIR is Here! Now is our only chance-Comment Period Ends 3/1/2013!

DEIR is now available online for review and comment.  Deadline for comment is March 1st.  You can also check out a hard copy or purchase CD of DEIR at the Town of Truckee, or read it at the Truckee Library.  SOSG has made CD’s (organized by chapters) – please email sosgevents@sbcglobal.net if you would like us to get a CD to you.

Many thanks to the community members who attended the Canyon Springs public meeting on Dec. 18th!

Pencil in Jan. 29th on your calendars for a meeting with the Town to ask technical questions about the DEIR.

Tax exempt donations towards hiring experts to analyze DEIR can be made, click here.

Don’t call me NIMBY.

The phrase Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) was created by a group of environmental activists in the field of Environmental Justice.  NIMBY was always meant as a derogatory term; used to designate the unfair, and unconstitutional, placement of Locally Unwanted Land Uses (LULU’s). LULU’s are toxic, industrial, or waste sites that are harmful to the greatest extent.  The presence of a LULU in one’s community would mean immediate and direct harm to personal health or social and environmental vitality.

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Environmentalists were some of the first activist groups to recognize the connection between the treatment of land and social justice. With little investigation it was found that the permitting and placement of LULU projects would be contested and denied in locations of affluence, where citizens of social power and successful activism could shout, “Not In My Backyard”, and make the LULU go away.  The LULU was then unfairly foisted on poor and disenfranchised neighborhoods, primarily neighborhoods of color.

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Environmental Justice advocates saw this trend, and recognized this as a new way of using the environment to cultivate deeper racism, inequity, and class privilege.  In the United States courts environmental justice advocates designated the term NIMBY to recognize the people who, even though they are equally responsible for the LULU, push the environmental and social consequences on others.

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Don’t call me NIMBY.  You cannot apply this terminology to Open Space Advocacy issues for three reasons.

-First, NIMBY comes from a discourse that does not fit regional advocacy for responsible land use.  The proportions of a LULU are amplified by intense concerns for social justice, personal health, and environmental vitality.  This term was used to address fundamental injustices, not public concerns regarding local resources.

-Second, LULU’s are the result of corporate and industrial activity that smacks of elitism, non-local governance, and the privilege of excess wealth. LULU’s are not the types of entities that SOS Glenshire faces as we discuss the possibility of responsible development in our region.

-Finally, much like SOS Glenshire, those environmentalists that originally used the term NIMBY were working hard to ensure that all people in this country have the local knowledge and social power necessary to ensure a high quality of life for their family and their community.  We are not pushing the problem of development away, on others.  We are proposing a new and different kind of development, where responsible citizens participate in responsible land use.  In other words, we are not trying to make unsustainable land use frameworks go some place else, we are trying to cultivate the knowledge, skills, and technology necessary to make them go away completely.

Request for Open Space Support

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Homeowner & Road Association Request Summary & Background

We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who support our Homeowner and/or Road Associations and other governmental/environmental entities in taking a role in protecting our quality of life by actively participating in the customary public planning process regarding newly proposed developments in and around Eastern Truckee.  A new development, Canyon Springs, was proposed for our area in June 2010.   We understand this development plan consists of 185 home sites to be accessed through Glenshire and the Martis Peak Roads in Truckee and unincorporated Nevada County.  We have significant concerns regarding the multiple impacts of the Canyon Springs development. 
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Actions Requested & Supported

We respectfully request that our Homeowner/Road Associations and relative governmental and local agencies place a high priority on protecting our property values, ecosystem and quality of life by continuing to support making available adequate contiguous open space for recreation, rejuvenation and wildlife movement.  Further, we ask you to set aside time and funding for the professional review of documents such as Draft Environmental Impact Reports (DEIR), and expert reviews of such documents and related issues during the Town of Truckee and Nevada County planning processes for Canyon Springs. 

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Please fill out the brief form below to submit your electronic signature in support of our request for support from the Home Owners Associations that are affected by current projects in the Glenshire area.  Your signature shows that you support the above requests by SOS Glenshire.  Here are a couple of guidelines:

*(1) signature per parcel please

*Your signature is the check-box at the end of this form.  Be sure to click on the box to fill it in before you send your form

*Your signature authorizes your information to be added into an SOS Glenshire controlled web based system designed to tally the number of signatures received

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

SOS GlenshireWho Is SOS Glenshire?

Community members from Glenshire and neighboring areas have been working together to preserve open space around the Glenshire area for a long time. There are too many names to list when discussing our community organizers, program contributors, and community partners.  Check out our link on the left column to view our most important SOS Glenshire partners.  Currently SOS Glenshire’s board of directors and volunteer members tackle diverse issues related to open space such as sustaining quality of life, responsible development trends, trails and outdoor recreation, wildlife populations and corridors, and generally defining the legacy of the Glenshire community.

The current SOS Glenshire core group is fortunate to have involved many local experts, such as biologists, foresters, land use planners, architects, realtors, business planners, accountants, etc., as well as input and support from the non-profit organization known as MAPF (Mountain Area Preservation Foundation). We have organized various committees and advisors that meet monthly. We will be posting meeting schedules open to the public on the Event Dates page of our website.

What Are We Seeking To Accomplish?

SOS Glenshire’s mission is to support the sustaining of wild lands, wildlife, and quality of life around the Glenshire region (eastern Truckee and Nevada County) for the benefit of current and future generations. Our current efforts seek to minimize the impact of development on the previoulsly proposed Canyon Springs site and, if possible, help facilitate the purchase of this property, to preserve it as permanent open space. Our approach involves reaching out to our Town of Truckee leaders and our neighbors to inform people about the significant negative impact of this development and the importance of land preservation.  By starting at the grass-roots level SOS Glenshire is sure to catch the interest of larger land preservation/environmental agencies to assist with our cause.

Why Does SOS Glenshire Need You?

Your involvement is essential to our success. It will take substantial work, time and funding to bring a potential open space preservation project as large as this one to the point of purchase negotiations, then to final completion. Much help is needed right now, for example, because we believe the developers, including the new owners, will be providing a new or revised development plan in winter, 2009-2010.

How Can You Help?

Talk to your neighbors, friends and colleagues about SOS Glenshire and how they can help protect open space. Direct people to our Open Space Information Resource on our web page http://www.sosglensire.org.

• Stay updated through community meetings, our email action alert and website’s Development Updates.

Volunteer! We need people to write letters to the editor, and a variety of other tasks. If you have a particular expertise, perhaps we can use that in our endeavor as well.

Make a donation today! We need to be ready to hire experts to assist us in successfully getting us through the DEIR and if necessary, legal counsel.  Hiring talented attorneys and other professional advisors requires a sound financial base, so we have started a consulting/legal fund. If the developers/land owners decide to sell, any remaining donations could be used to help purchase the property, hopefully with the financial involvement of land trusts and other partners.

Go to our Donate/Volunteer page for donation methods, or donate immediately using a credit card or PayPal account. By clicking the button below you will be taken to a PayPal supported web site where you can make an immediate and secure donation to SOS Glenshire.

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