Master plan update hosts workshop |

Master plan update hosts workshop

With one more workshop to go, Douglas County is preparing to move ahead with the 20-year update to the master plan.

Community Development Director Mimi Moss said she’s expecting a good crowd for the north Carson Valley workshop at Piñon Hills Elementary School on Thursday.

Most of the input so far on the master plan has been through the online survey, which has come close to cracking 400 respondents.

Douglas County Planning Manager Dean Patterson said the response is approaching 1 percent of the county’s population. Residents will be able to fill out the online survey through July 31.

About 40 residents attended the three workshops last week in Gardnerville, Topaz Ranch Estates and Genoa.

The workshops are the first step in the master plan update.

Master plan consultant Candace Stowell said public hearings on the plan should go before the Douglas County Planning Commission and the Douglas County Commission in March and April of 2017.

“Prior to the public hearings, there will be a workshop with the Planning Commission,” she said.

Moss said most people at the workshops have asked what changes were in store for their communities.

Most plan amendments are driven by requests from private landowners.

The last two master plan amendments included changing the northern portion of the Corley Ranch to receiving area and changing the designation on a parcel in a northwestern Carson Valley community from tourist commercial to residential.

The original master plan was approved in 1996 after years of hearings and work.

The plan has been updated every five years since. The original plan was intended to last 20 years, but county officials decided to update the current plan instead.

When the master plan was approved 20 years ago, Douglas County was undergoing a substantial growth period.

In that original plan, population estimates for 2015 were between 57,313 and 66,322 residents. However, the Great Recession slowed down that growth.

The county’s population, according to the July 1, 2015, census update, was 47,710 people.

Douglas County implemented a 2 percent growth cap in 2007.