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Master plan workshops scheduled

by Christy Chalmers, Staff Writer

Douglas County planners will kick off a series of meetings on the master plan Wednesday with a workshop for East Valley and Fish Springs residents.

The workshops are part of a five-year update on the plan, which was adopted in 1996. The community development department will hold workshops in each of the different county planning areas.

“We want people to come in and comment on what they want to see or don’t want to see,” said Pete Wysocki, a county planner.

The master plan is intended as a blueprint for growth through 2016. The plan covers issues like land use, zoning and the infrastructure needed to support those uses.

Wysocki said notices will be mailed to property owners as the respective dates for the workshops covering their neighborhoods approach. The schedule isn’t final, but Wysocki said planners hope to finish the workshops by mid-March.

Comments can also be submitted by e-mail or letter. Maps showing the land use and capital improvement plans for each area are available for review at the community development department, 1594 Esmeralda Ave. in Minden. Wysocki said he’s already gotten a few e-mail comments.

Wysocki predicted a good turnout for the first meeting Wednesday evening at Carson Valley Middle School. The East Valley and Fish Springs planning area extends from Eldon Way south to Ruhenstroth.

“With (the proposed Bently land exchange) and some of the projects that have been proposed along the East Valley corridor, we’re expecting a lot of people,” said Wysocki. “This is a chance to tell us if they want to see a sewer system or paved roads in their neighborhoods.”

After the community workshops are held, the planning and county commissions will hold final hearings. Adoption of an update is expected in September 2001.

Breakout:

What: master plan update workshop for East Valley and Fish Springs residents.

When: Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Where: Carson Valley Middle School, 1475 Highway 395, Gardnerville

Info: Pete Wysocki, 782-6213