Commission tours Muller Lane Parkway route
October 17, 2018
On Tuesday, Douglas County commissioners took a tour of the potential route of Muller Lane Parkway along the northern boundary of Minden and Gardnerville.
The parkway stretching from Muller Lane and Highway 395 in the north to the Gardnerville Walmart south of the two towns.
On Nov. 1, representatives of the majority landowners along the route, the Park family and Mike Pegram, are asking to amend four agreements with the county that would secure the entire right of way.
Under the agreement, the county would be obligated to build 2.4 miles of two-lane road across Park property at an estimated cost of $10.7 million.
In exchange for committing to complete their portion of the road in six years, the landowners would like their portion also reduced to two lanes. Several portions of the road that have already been built are four lanes with a landscaped median.
"Absent these agreements, it is at least possible that Muller Parkway will never be constructed in its entirety because no development will occur to trigger its construction," according to a letter from attorney Mark Forsberg, representing the land owners.
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Under the proposal, Park Ranch Holdings would build Muller north of Toler Lane. Carson Valley Inn owner Mike Pegram's And Away They Go LLC would build the road from Grant Avenue north. Pegram's Peapeg LLC would build the road from Monterra south to Park's property.
Landowners would build nearly 5,000 feet of right of way under the agreement.
The agreement would also modify slightly the right of way of Muller Parkway across Park Cattle land so the county no longer has to reimburse the Parks for moving a slough the road would have crossed.
The county has had an agreement for right of way for the road across Park property since 2005, but other factors have prevented the right of way from actually being transferred to the county.
Should county commissioners approve the agreement with the Parks, they would have six years to build two lanes of the road that will stretch north of Minden and Gardnerville.
The Parks have also acquired the former Ashland Park and will be required to dedicate that missing piece of Muller at Toler Lane.