TRUCKEE, Calif. — The consultant tasked with creating an environmental impact report on the controversial Canyon Springs project is asking for more money to complete it.
The original contract for the consultant, Southern California-based The Planning Center / DC&E, was roughly $325,000.
About $90,000 more is sought, said Denyelle Nishimori, senior planner for the town of Truckee. This is due to the detail and number of responses received for the draft EIR, along with recently submitted information regarding a California Department of Fish and Wildlife study on the Loyalton-Truckee deer herd.
Those funds would allow the company to provide additional scope to respond to the 77 draft EIR comments, prepare the final EIR and attend meetings, according to the town.
Since the town of Truckee manages the contract to ensure independent review, town council will vote on amending it at its Monday, Nov. 25, meeting.
If approved, the additional funding — same as the original contract — would be paid by the project proponent, not the town, Nishimori said.
“As the first version of the EIR was a draft, the review process requires that a reasonable amount of work and associated costs are necessary to complete a final version of the EIR,” said Christopher “Chip” Huck, one of the property owners and Canyon Springs’ project manager. “... We look forward to the completion of the process.”
The draft EIR was released Dec. 19, 2012, with comments taken until March 6. A release date for the final EIR is unknown. There will be a public review period before it goes in front of the town’s planning commission.
Canyon Springs is a proposed residential subdivision located in eastern Truckee, adjacent to Glenshire. A total of 185 lots — 177 market and 8 affordable lots — are proposed to be built over eight phases on approximately 284 acres.
Project opponents have voiced concerns about potential increases in traffic; wildlife habitat preservation, particularly for deer migration; and wildfire danger, among others.