Douglas could approve planning agreement with Carson City |

Douglas could approve planning agreement with Carson City

by Jeff Munson

A formal agreement is expected to pass before Douglas County commissioners on Thursday that would clear the way for a joint study with Carson City on growth and development near the county line.

Commissioners tentatively approved the agreement Jan. 4 to study development trends along the Highway 395 corridor between Jacks Valley Road and Highway 50.

“This resolution will formalize the approval so that we can get started,” said County Manager Dan Holler. Carson City leaders have also given their approval.

The county line is in the middle of the proposed areas of development, which is expected to attract commercial development as Carson City’s bypass is completed.

The agreement sets forth the commitment of both counties to jointly prepare a master plan and feasibility study for services, infrastructure, revenues and growth management for north Douglas County and south Carson City.

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, Holler says the two counties should map out growth patterns and work to decide how they’re going to provide services without duplicating them.

Recently, Douglas County has developed what is known as the North Valley Plan, which would provide for mixed-use development that could result in substantial residential and commercial expansion.

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