North County redevelopment plan outlined |

North County redevelopment plan outlined

by Sharon Carter

Douglas County officials Thursday will review tentative time lines and cost estimates for many of the projects identified in the proposed North County Redevelopment Evaluation Area.

Commissioners’ first official exposure to the preliminary findings of redevelopment consultants will come at their joint meeting with the Redevelopment Citizens Advisory Committee.

The priority was placed on utility infrastructure along the base of the Sierra.

Consultants from Bay Area Economics suggest it will take at least a year and $2.5 million to lay the backbone of a regional sewer system from Walley’s Hot Springs along the western Carson Valley to the Carson City line. A regional water system along the same corridor could take from three to eight years and cost about $3.2 million.

Improvements to the Ridgeview water system, which are estimated to cost up to $700,000, should take about a year to start and an $800,000 sewer collection system at Ridgeview could take up to two years to complete.

Development of James Lee Park in Indian Hills could take up to five years and cost more than $1 million.

Other projects, including road and drainage improvements in the Genoa and Jacks Valley areas, could take longer and cost estimates have not been determined.

If the county uses redevelopment loans to pay for the improvements, loan payments would come from tax increment financing – that is, tax revenue generated by increasing property values, particularly in the commercial areas of Walley’s Hot Springs, at Little Mondeaux and in the North County, would be dedicated to paying off the loans.

The session on redevelopment comes at the end of the commission’s regular meeting which begins at 1 p.m. in the old courthouse in Minden.

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