County line plan will end battling over new stores |

County line plan will end battling over new stores

by Christy Chalmers, staff writer

Douglas County leaders have taken what one described as “a first step in a long, long journey” by agreeing to work with Carson City on a growth plan.

The commission approved an agreement for a joint feasibility study on how to develop the corridor along Highway 395 between Jacks Valley Road and Highway 50. Carson City leaders have also given their approval.

The county line is in the middle of the area, which is expected to attract commercial development as Carson City’s bypass is completed and more people move in.

Instead of battling Carson City over potential merchants, County Manager Dan Holler says the two entities should map out growth patterns and work to decide how they’re going to provide services without duplicating them.

The agreement says each entity will provide resources to complete the plan, but doesn’t call for cash or other specific funding. The plan is to be finished by April and would be the first such collaboration by two Nevada counties.

“It’s kind of a first step in a long, long journey,” said Commissioner Jacques Etchegoyhen. “I think in a lot of ways, Carson City and Douglas County can kind of show the way of the future for the state of Nevada.”

The board plans to formally approve the agreement in February.