Corley Ranch project proposes 250 homes |

Corley Ranch project proposes 250 homes

The first request to modify the master plan for a large housing development since the Great Recession is proposed for the Corley Ranch south of Gardnerville.

Under the proposal, 250 residential units are being sought for the 130-acre property fronting on Pinenut Road.

The request by Alta Consulting on behalf of the Corley family is to have the property designated a receiving area in the master plan and a for specific plan that would include three types of density, all less than one home per acre, a village center and community green. The Farmstead at Corley Ranch would include preservation of 35 acres around the ranch.

The project is scheduled to appear before Douglas County planning commissioners 1 p.m. Tuesday. A master plan amendment requires a vote of two-thirds of the planning commission, and a majority of county commissioners.

The project would be served with water and sewer by the Gardnerville Town Water Co. and Minden-Gardnerville Sanitation District

Residents attended two meetings conducted by Mark Neuffer of Alta Consulting.

Richard and Joyce Holstein, Dave Nelson and Peter and Mary Jane Harding are among the residents who’ve written letters opposed to the project, citing the loss of agricultural land and preservation of the master plan.

In order to build, the developer would have to purchase 244 development rights. The property is currently zoned agricultural, which would allow six homes to be built. If the developer clustered the development, there could be 21 homes.

County planning staff is recommending approval, pointing out the physical changes to the area, including the realignment of Pinenut Road, extension of Muller Parkway across the Virginia Canal and the extension of water and sewer for the Washoe Tribe’s Travel Plaza.

Planning Manager Hope Sullivan said that there are many receiving areas in Douglas County that have not yet been developed, including the commercial receiving area on the Peri property at Pinenut Road.

Sullivan said that 536 vested building permit allocations have expired over the past eight years, and that the 250 permits required for this project would not compromise the county’s growth management ordinance.