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North Douglas plans ready for review

by Christy Chalmers

North Douglas County residents can review tentative plans for more than 600 acres of empty land near the Carson City line when the planning commission meets Tuesday.

The planning board will get an update on the North County Specific Plan, which is intended to identify good uses for the property. The land, located between Sunridge Drive and the county line, includes 35 acres of forest land west of Highway 395 and 440 acres of Bureau of Land Management property east of the highway.

County planning staffers have held three workshops since May to get comments from residents. Based on those meetings, a pair of land use maps have been proposed.

The planning commission is expected to make a recommendation, and that decision will be reflected in a zoning map and draft of the plan that will be considered again in August.

The specific plan is to establish land uses and zoning, outline locations and capacities for water and sewer lines, identify drainage areas and set connection points to Highway 395, as well as the layout of other roads.

The plan also provides for an environmental assessment of the BLM land and an amendment to allow future private development on the land.

The previous workshops drew a few hundred participants and comments. Some opposed any change for the land while others applauded the prospect of commercial development on the property.

Some of the suggested uses for the land include stores, churches, schools, trails and open space. Some residents of the north Sunridge area are worried their home values will be hurt by development. Other comments expressed confidence that the residents’ concerns can be balanced with the development.

After the planning commission completes it review, the proposal will go the county commission. A September date has been set for the county board to review the plan, as well as a master plan change to implement it.

The county planning commission meets Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the old courthouse, 1616 Eighth St., Minden.