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Commissioners agree to joint study with Carson City

by Jeff Munson

Douglas officials unanimously passed an agreement Thursday clearing the way for a joint study with Carson City on growth and development near the county line.

“I welcome this type of good faith partnership and I’m looking forward to meeting and negotiating on both sides,” said County Commissioner Don Miner.

The agreement covers the Highway 395 corridor between Highway 50 and Jacks Valley Road. The county line is in the middle of proposed areas of development, which are expected to attract retail stores as Carson City’s bypass is completed.

The agreement calls for both counties to jointly prepare a master plan and feasibility study for services, infrastructure, revenues and growth management for north Douglas County and Carson City.

The agreement allows for discussions of growth and development issues in Douglas County, said Douglas District Attorney Scott Doyle.

“The memorandum is terminable at any time, so that if talks stop, no one is hurt,” he said.

Recent developments in Douglas County have been the Target Center and Home Depot south of the county line, while a Costco store opened in Carson City, north of the county line at Clear Creek Road.

Instead of battling Carson City over potential merchants, the two counties will map out growth patterns and decide how they’re going to provide services without duplicating them.

Douglas County has developed what is known as the North Valley Plan, which outlines a mix of residential and commercial uses on 624 acres between North Sunridge Drive and the county line.

While leaders from both counties agree the development would be mutually beneficial, Carson City leaders have expressed concern over the impact the development would have on existing Carson City public safety services and roads.

In other action taken at Thursday’s meeting, commissioners:

n Approved a recommendation from the Genoa Town Advisory board to urge Nevada State Parks to purchase land adjacent to the north property line of Mormon Station Park.

n Approved a change to allow installation of two menu boards for the drive-through at McDonald’s in Minden.