We are concerned about several factors regarding the proposed Tierra Robles housing development open discussion that will be going in front of the Shasta County Planning Commission on Tuesday July 23rd.
We attended a meeting presented by the developer, Shasta LLC, at Cow Creek Church and it appears that with the EIR complete, that Shasta County has already made stipulations with the developer to install traffic lights in Palo Cedro and another off Airport Road near Hwy 44, but no requirements for Boyle Road which will be the main traffic flow for the development. Some minor signage will appear at Deschutes Road at Boyle Road. The developer stated that building of these homes could go for as long as 10 years before the entire build out is complete.
We moved here from a smaller community 4 months ago to get away from all of the congestion that subdivisions and cities provide, and as a lifelong resident of Shasta/ Tehama County we chose to live in the country that would provide acreage, with the intent to have animals and a small farm. The home we purchased is on 5 acres, which is the standard for this area.
Some items of topic have been the recent CARR and CAMP Fires that occurred last year. These fires presented major issues due to limited egress for civilians that were running for their lives while at the same time, fire engines were trying to enter these fire areas. Boyle Road and Old Alturas have some of the same characteristics as the roads from fires last year. I feel that we as a community have already forgotten the lives lost and the destruction that these fires left behind. The CARR Fire started on July 23rd of last year and consumed 229,651 acres before it was contained and 8 lives were lost. This was the 7th most destructive fire in state history.
Bella Vista Water would be the main source of water in this area and according to studies, may possibly provide adequate water supply to this development during good water supply years. But, with the many recent drought years that we experience in the north state combined with the devastating wild land fires we continually see, the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors should evaluate cost vs. gain. Unfortunately, when water supply issues arise, we all get penalized in the form of water rationing and increased fees (penalties).
Additionally, the construction traffic and damage to Boyle and Old Alturas Road associated with cement trucks, night time light noise, vehicle emissions, dust, no turn lanes and noise pollution from construction (for up to 10 years) , plus the sheer increase in general traffic (up to 360 car trips daily) and to take into consideration that Boyle Road is a major route for parents to transport their children to and from Foothill High School off Deschutes Rd from Redding.
Again, the Final EIR makes NO recommendations to this heavily traveled road. The counties recommendations are for traffic signals within Palo Cedro and off of Hwy 44 and Airport Road.
Using Cottonwood as an example, the congestion and damage on Gas Point Road that has occurred due to the Camp Fire debris removal has created an issue with closer than anticipated road repair, which can correlate to nearly the same type of issues Boyle Road may see if 166 homes are approved to be built.
Please take time out of your day on Tuesday to attend the Planning Commission Meeting at 4:00 pm, Board of Supervisors Chamber, 1450 Court Street 2nd floor.
Tonia Munro, Palo Cedro