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$200,000 Drayton condition remains on Aloha Ranch

by Susie Vasquez

Before he can build 43 upscale homes on Douglas County’s old Aloha Ranch, developer Greg Lynn could be required to contribute $200,000 toward off-site road improvements, the money to be set aside for development of Drayton Boulevard between Gitalong Way and Centerville Lane.

County commissioners will consider the proposal Thursday.

Development of the property and the commensurate traffic imposed on neighborhoods has been bone of contention for years.

Residents in Pleasantview just east of Aloha did not want Drayton improved due to increased traffic. Marianne Way residents just northwest of the project felt development would bring a disproportionate amount of traffic down their street.

Lynn’s proposal includes 43 homes on 38 acres, the smallest lot just over half an acre.

If the proposal is accepted, Lynn will be required to develop Gitalong Way, the short road extending east from Aloha Ranch and Kingston Lane, which connects the western side of the proposed development to Marianne Way.

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The traffic impact to Marianne Way residents would be minimal, so the road is not scheduled for improvements to handle the increase in traffic, according to this proposal.

Traffic impacts due to this development aren’t expected to increase significantly for the first five years, said Gary Thompson, spokesman for Pleasantview residents.

“Once the $200,000 is collected, the traffic should be redirected to Drayton,” he said.

Pleasantview residents will ask commissioners to limit the speed on Drayton to 25 mph and install an eight-foot sound barrier between the street and their homes.

Truck traffic should be banned on Drayton and access to Wintergreen and Sweetwater, two streets in the Pleasantview subdivision, should be blocked, they said.

If approved, Lynn will be building upscale homes worth between $600,000 and $700,000, he said in a previous interview.

In other business:

— Commissioners could approve $6 million in bonds for two parking garages, one in Minden and one in Gardnerville.

— Bids from Mead & Hunt Inc. for a number of smaller improvement projects, including Taxiway D, an extension to Bliss Road and new fencing and gates along Minden-Tahoe Airport’s north side, will be considered.

— Susie Vasquez can be reached at svasquez@recordcourier.com or 782-5121, ext. 213.