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County leaders optimistic open space plan will be ready

by Christy Chalmers, Staff writer

Douglas County leaders are optimistic that an open space management plan in development since April could be adopted by the end of August.

The latest draft of the plan was distributed Thursday and got complimentary remarks from several county commissioners, though a few residents raised questions about some of the directions the plan gives.

“It’s not totally inclusive, but I think it’s coming along quite well,” said Commissioner Bernie Curtis.

“I think the language I have looked at really enhances where we’re trying to get,” said Commissioner Jacques Etchegoyhen.

The plan is partly needed to accompany a ballot question on raising Douglas County’s sales tax a quarter-cent to 7 percent. Proponents want the proceeds of the hike, if approved in November, to be used for preserving undeveloped land in Douglas County.

The plan outlines policies and options for acquiring and maintaining open space, and the final draft will be used as a manual, along with the county’s master plan.

While they were pleased with the progress on the document, the commissioners said the district attorney’s office should review it and added they themselves hadn’t had time to study the new version.

At least two more public meetings are planned on the document. One is Tuesday, when the county planning commission will discuss the new draft, and another is Aug. 24. County Manager Dan Holler said a Sept. 7 meeting that could include adoption of the plan is also scheduled -if it’s needed. He said the Aug. 24 date might be adoption day if everyone is satisfied with the plan.

The planning commission meeting starts at 1 p.m. Tuesday. The group meets at the old courthouse, 1616 Eighth St., Minden.