Nearly two years after it was first proposed, an ordinance requiring golf courses to establish a closing plan is scheduled to be discussed by county commissioners today.
Genoa Lakes homeowners sought a new ordinance in November 2019 after the golf course’s owners said there was a possibility it would close.
Commissioners may decide to amend Title 20 of the Douglas County code regarding golf courses and open space, and increasing fines for public nuisances. Commissioners are scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. today in the Historic Douglas County Courthouse, 1616 Eighth St., Minden. For more information or to watch the meeting online, visit www.douglascountynv.gov
The ordinance would be similar to one enacted in the City of Henderson.
“Because golf courses and other large open spaces pose a unique fire hazard and danger to the public’s health and safety if they are not properly maintained, and Nevada is currently experiencing drought conditions, Chairman John Engels has requested that possible amendments to Title 20 be brought forward,” according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Doug Ritchie.
Whatever feedback commissioners provide to staff would be sent to Planning Commissioners for their recommendation.
County commissioners could then introduce the ordinance and hold a second reading in meetings during August.
Under the new ordinance, each day the owner of a golf course, open space or any nonresidential property fails to correct a violation, they could be subject to $750 a day civil penalty.
The ordinance requires that irrigation systems be kept repaired, along with maintaining and securing buildings. Any golf course owner who stops operation for a period of two consecutive weeks or longer shall be required to submit a maintenance plan. Genoa Lakes typically closes over the winte