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Douglas, Carson to team up on growth plan

by Christy Chalmers

Douglas County leaders will consider a planning agreement Thursday that will cover what’s expected to be the next big shopping area.

If officials from both entities agree, Douglas County and Carson City will team up for a planning and feasibility study covering the area between Highway 50 and Jacks Valley Road along Highway 395.

Though the county line bisects that area, a draft agreement promises to ignore the boundary. The approach is innovative, said Douglas County Manager Dan Holler.

“The biggest issue of this is for the two counties to come together and say, ‘How do we provide services?'” said Holler. “The public uses both agencies’ services. How do we make those services seamless?”

Commercial development is expected in the area. A Costco store opened on the Carson City side of the line November, while Target and Home Depot are located just south of the proposed planning area, and more stores are expected to fill the space in between.

Neither county is committing money to the planning effort. Instead, Holler said planners from each entity will work together to compile the needed information.

“A lot of work on utilities for the area has already been done,” he noted. “We’re not asking to put any dollars into this up front.”

Douglas County and the Bureau of Land Management have completed a plan for 624 acres between North Sunridge Drive and the county line. The plan includes zoning for uses like homes and businesses, and that information will be incorporated into the feasibility study, said Holler.

The plan is to be done by April and could be a model for other Nevada counties, said Holler. Though Carson City and Douglas County have cooperated on projects like determining maintenance responsibilities for Clear Creek Road, which winds in and out of each county, Holler said he’s not aware of a major planning effort between two counties.

The Douglas County commission will discuss the agreement Thursday. The board meets at 1p.m. in the old courthouse, 1616 Eighth St., Minden.