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Development agreement reviews prompt refund, repeals

A Carson Valley developer will have some money coming back after county commissioners review and possibly repeal a development agreement calling for a traffic signal at Highway 395 and Virginia Ranch Road.

Douglas County commissioners are conducting their 24-month review of seven development agreements on Thursday.

When the Jewel Commercial Park was approved in 1995, a traffic light at the intersection was one of the conditions.

The county collected $25,993 toward the signal light, which will be refunded to the four entities that contributed.

Since the construction of the Gardnerville Walmart and the traffic light at Grant Drive, county officials have determined the Virginia Ranch light is no longer required.

The eventual construction of Muller Lane across the Virginia Canal will allow motorists from the Gardnerville Ranchos to cross Highway 395 at Riverview and travel to the Walmart without getting on the highway.

Completion of the rest of Muller Lane faces some challenges with the proposed repeal of the Ashland Park project just north of Toler Lane. The development agreement has expired and the terms of the original agreement can’t be met, according to county planner Brandy McMahon.

In a report to commissioners, she said the developers are in default, and the right of way through the project has not been dedicated.

Another section of the parkway was scheduled to be dedicated by Park Cattle Co. as the result of a 2004 agreement. The agreement was amended in 2007, to adjust the amount of right of way dedication to 150 feet.

Also up for repeal on Thursday is an agreement with Aspen Mobile Home Park for the expansion of Centerville Lane. When the agreement was approved in 2000, the plan was for the Nevada Department of Transportation to improve the road with contributions from neighboring landowners.

The state pulled out of the project and since the park can’t complete the agreement, county staff is recommending it be repealed.

One road that was completed through a development agreement is Meridian Business Park’s section of Heybourne. The road was finished in 2008, but hasn’t been accepted by the county. Officials plan to ask commissioners to accept the road sometime this year, thus completing the business park’s agreement with the county.

Similarly, Skyline Ranch along East Valley Road is completing its obligation to extend Nye Drive. Construction is about 95 percent, according to McMahon.

A 50-unit development at Stateline is being held up in U.S. Court of Appeals. Sierra Colina’s agreement with the county dates back to 2009. The court ruled against the TRPA’s approval of the project in October 2012.

Also on Thursday’s agenda is a proposal to spend $90,222 to redesign the culvert under Highway 395 for Martin Slough.

According to the county, the floods of 1997 and 2005 closed the highway after the culvert was blocked. County planner Erik Nilssen called it the most reported flooding segment of Highway 395 in Douglas County.

“It has a high potential for private structural damage as it acts as a dam during flood events, causing water to pool behind the undersized culvert crossing on the east side of Highway 395,” Nilssen wrote in his report.

County commissioners meet 1 p.m. Thursday at the Douglas County Administrative Building, 1616 Eighth St., Minden.

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The Record Courier Updated Jun 5, 2013 08:44AM Published Jun 5, 2013 08:44AM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.