Developer seeks approval for Kingsbury condos

Commissioners could approve 40 condominiums stacked in a 100-foot building on 16.7 acres in what is now untrammeled forest. Proposed by Nanuk Real Estate Consulting and Jack Sievers, the project is located at Jack Court and Tramway Drive on Kingsbury.

Developers are asking the maximum building height be raised from 35 to 100 feet, the development of off-street trails rather than conventional sidewalks and elimination of the required recreational vehicle parking stalls.

The Douglas County Planning Commission approved the project by a 5-1 vote in December, with Commissioner Margaret Pross casting the one dissenting vote.

"The building will definitely be seen from (Carson) Valley, adverse visual effects that can't be mitigated," Pross said. "It doesn't meet the criteria for a planned development and it isn't consisted with the 35-foot building height requirement.

The immediate area is a neighborhood of family homes and other units whose view will be blocked, Pross said.

"They will be looking at a huge building that will diminish their property values," she said.

In a letter to county officials, Stateline neighbors Erin and J.T. Tragert said the ambience and character of their community would be lost if the development proceeds.

"If you allow this development to vary the rules, soon there will be high-rise buildings all over Douglas County where they don't belong," they said.

The project, to be called Sierra Sunrise, includes 40 units ranging in size from 1,620 to 5,500 square feet. Eleven common areas include public and private parking and a trailhead.

In other business, commissioners could approve reorganization of Douglas County's Community Development, the county manager's office and public works department, authorizing new and modified personnel positions.

The measure is expected to save the county an overall net savings of $41,000 annually.

What: Douglas County Board of Commissioners meeting

When: 1:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Tahoe Transportation Center, 169 Highway 50 in Stateline

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