Buckeye dirtwork part of 633-home project
Earthwork across Buckeye Road from Winhaven is part of the 633-home project formerly known as the Ranch at Gardnerville.
Renamed Heybourne Meadows, the project off Buckeye is the northern tip of the project that stretches a mile along the northern boundary of Minden and Gardnerville.
Construction on the southern portion of the project has been underway for the past six years, and can be seen from Buckeye Road.
When completed, the project will have constructed Heybourne Road from Gilman Lane and Buckeye Road. Developers are also required to complete Zerolene from Highway 395 to Heybourne.
Physical and financial issues have delayed work on the northern portion of the project.
The property was subject to a trustee’s sale in 2016, which was resolved.
More daunting is that the land ended up in the floodplain when FEMA revised maps of Carson Valley.
According to a February notice, developers are using natural fill to bring the lots out of the flood plain. There will also be flood diversion channels built to reroute offsite flows to Martin Slough. The revision will also affect Buckeye Creek.
Homes have been under construction in the southern portion since 2012. A pond associated with that part of the project has been expanded from three to five acres to provide additional fill for the project.
The pond will be around 20-25-feet deep and the material is being used for fill at Heybourne Meadows Phases 4A and 4B adjacent to Buckeye Road. Trucks are hauling the material from the southern portion of the project to Buckeye, according to a letter written by Town Board Chairwoman Cassandra Jones and Vice Chairwoman Linda Slater.
“This effort is keeping the truck traffic off our local roads on Waterloo Lane, and Chichester Drive during the fill operations of the next phase,” the town officers said.
The pond isn’t the only source of fill dirt from Gardnerville that’s headed to the Minden project.
A large pile on one of the town’s lots across Gillman Avenue from Heritage Park is being used for Heybourne Meadows’ fourth phase, Jones and Slater said.
The town has hydroseeded the parcel and is watering it before winter arrives.
The entire project includes a requirement for up to 10 acres of wetlands, mostly along the future Martin Slough Trail.
Douglas County has issued around 160 single-family building permits since the beginning of the year, according to its web site.
That building activity has prompted the county to put on additional help in the Community Development Department in order to improve the turnaround time for permits.