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Minden board to hear revised casino plan

by Jeff Munson, Staff Writer

The Minden Town Board will hear a revised proposal tonight for a planned hotel, casino and housing development it unanimously rejected when first proposed in August.

The board, which acts as an advisory to the Douglas County Commission, shot down the proposal and asked the developers, Nevada Northwest LLC, to reconfigure portions of the development.

The proposed site is located near the junction of highways 395 and 88, on the west side of the Winhaven subdivision, east of Highway 395, south of Muller Lane and north of Lucerne Drive.

Dozens of Minden residents protested the proposal at the July board meeting. Many are homeowners from nearby Winhaven development.

Complaints ranged from the casino sitting too close to Douglas High School to the development lowering property values.

Board members said they didn’t necessary oppose what was on the table, but that local residents were against it.

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Following the town board meeting, developers took the project to Douglas County Planning commissioners, who also rejected it.

The commission argued it would like to see the site specific plan instead of a “piece-mealed” project.

Since August, project engineer, Minden-based Anderson Engineering, worked with community members and a lose-knit group called the Minden Plan for Prosperity to sort out issues the town board and county commission raised.

Among the changes:

– The amount of acres zoned for casino development was reduced from 30 to 11.8 acres. Surrounding the gaming area will be shops, restaurants and a European-theme hotel.

– Developers have also agreed to scale back the number of homes, from around 450 to 378. The homes will take on a “neo-traditional” flare, much in the same way homes in Minden were built at the turn of the century.

There will be more emphasis on blocks, orthogonal streets, parkways, medians and a park similar to Minden Park.

– More dedicated open space. Planners have shifted some of the development to allow for about 4.7 acres of open space. The area, on the east side of Highway 395, north of Ironwood Drive, was originally planned for commercial development.

– On the north end, closer to the housing development, is property designed for a grocery store.

– Traffic concerns forced the developers to move Muller Lane away from the Winhaven subdivision. This now means that Lantana will no longer connect to the thoroughfare.

Details

What: Minden Town Board meeting to discuss proposed hotel, casino and housing development.

Where: CVIC Hall, 1604 Esmeralda Ave., Minden, 7 p.m.

n Staff writer Jeff Munson can be reached at munson@swiftnews.com