Commission abandons three 50-foot easements in Alpine View
County commissioners voted to abandon three 50-foot easements in the Alpine View Estates area of Jacks Valley and replace them with 20-foot easem ents.
The area behind Alpine View is public land, but resident Jack Norberg said that property may eventually be sold or swapped, paving the way for development of a subdivision.
“We didn’t want a road going through us to a subdivision,” said Norberg. “But we didn’t want to prohibit horses and pedestrians.”
Norberg said he is not opposed to a subdivision, but he said he doesn’t want a road leading to it through Alpine View.
Commissioner Kelly Kite said he was opposed to treating the three easements as a “one size fits all” proposition, as he said there were different issues with each different easement.
Commissioner Bernie Curtis said he didn’t like the idea, as a 20-foot easement is more difficult for emergency services personnel to negotiate than a 50-foot easement.
Norberg brought the proposal before the planning commission, asking for the abandonment and rededication of only 10-foot easements. He said the planning commission recommended the 20-foot easements.
Bob Allgeier, former county commissioner and president of the 65-resident Alpine View Estates homeowners association, spoke to the commission to explain the association’s view of the easements.
“The position of the board was not to oppose as long as there are at least 10 feet of easements,” said Allgeier.
Resident Donna Allgeier said 20 feet of easement still leaves access for horses, fire trucks and walking.
There’s no need to abandon,” said resident Jim Loughery, opposing the idea. “You were right then (in July when the commissioners voted down a similar proposal) and you should do right now.”
Curtis opposed the shrinking of all three of the easements.
“These are very fire-prone areas,” said Curtis. “There is a real fire concern there. It would be a material detriment to the fire services.
Curtis, a former Douglas County law enforcement official, said when people escape from the Nevada State Prison in Carson City, they generally tend to travel through the Alpine View area to go up the Clear Creek canyon in an attempt to make it to California.
“We need to maintain some access through that area,” said Curtis.
Curtis said the easement by former commissioner Dave Pumphrey’s residence could be abandoned as it was never used, but he said he’d like to see the other two kept or improved.
“Fifty feet is kind of overkill,” said Norberg.