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July 19, 2013
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Workshops help the community and county see eye-to-eye on Valley future

More than 30 people attended two “Valley Vision” workshops Monday to bring the community up-to-date on the project to integrate the downtowns of Minden and Gardnerville.

Participants were invited to review maps, illustrations and guiding principles refined through the public workshop process for the past six months.

Valley Vision is one of 12 projects identified in Douglas County’s Economic Vitality Plan. Public workshops began in April.

Proponents hope the visioning process will pull together the towns and produce a workable plan toward shared prosperity — a plan that better integrates downtown Gardnerville and Minden, preserves and strengthens historic cores, and addresses critical issues such as traffic, parking and pedestrian suitability.

A first glimpse at the final product is scheduled for the Critical Issues Conference in September.

County Economic Vitality Manager Lisa Granahan welcomed residents and business owners, and introduced presenter Eric Roverud from Design Workshop in Stateline.

Roverud recapped progress to date including information gathered at the public workshops held in the spring. His presentation mirrors a PowerPoint presentation posted on Douglas County’s web site.

It details what a vision plan is, challenges and opportunities including land use, transportation, flood plains and agriculture.

He also talked about vision plan principles.

The presentation included an opportunity for participants to ask questions, give feedback and ideas.

Participants expressed appreciation for an opportunity to provide comment, and said Monday’s presentation was consistent with previous plans and ideas.

Ideas included developing WIFI community hot spots in downtown Minden and Gardnerville; consider a biochar facility; strengthen connections to trails and the Carson River; and revive the idea of a gondola connection between Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe.

Granahan said 18 people attended the morning session, and 15 in the evening.

“Vibrant communities don’t happen by chance – it takes community input and planning,” she said. “This process is an opportunity to illustrate new and existing ideas and will serve as a catalyst for implementation.”

Development of the plan costs approximately $70,000, with a third being funded by the county and towns, and the remaining funds coming from private stakeholders.

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