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Parks delay 2,900-home plan

One of the key criticisms of a Park Livestock Co. proposal to build 2,900 homes was the lack of detail.

That's one of the reasons cited in a letter withdrawing the project from consideration this year.

Keith Ruben of R.O. Anderson Engineering said the project will return next year.

"With input from the county and town staff, we intend to bring forth a plan of development which includes more detail than was included with the instant applications, and which addresses the concerns identified to date," he wrote.

Community Development Director Mimi Moss said the proposal, which was heard at the towns of Minden and Gardnerville in September, would have come before the planning commission on Tuesday had it not been withdrawn.

The county is in the process of updating its master plan, which should be done next spring.

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However, Ruben said he didn't believe the Parks would be done in time to be included.

"We do hope to file our applications, which will include requests for master plan amendment and zone change, in calendar year 2017."

The town boards of Minden and Gardnerville split on the proposal. While Gardnerville voted in favor, Minden rejected the project.

Had the Parks gone forward they would have appeared at Tuesday's planning commission meeting.

The proposal included completion of two lanes of Muller Lane Parkway from Winhaven where it ends now to Toler Lane in Gardnerville. That includes a portion of the right of way that was lost with the elimination of a subdivision next to Stodick Park.

The master plan amendment and zone change proposed by Park Ranch Holdings would also eliminate receiving area on the Sleeping Elephant Ranch across Highway 208 from Topaz Ranch Estates.

Rob Anderson said developing that project would increase traffic through Minden and Gardnerville as new residents commuted to work.

The request affects 25 parcels covering 1,104 acres west of the Old Virginia Canal and north to Stockyard Road.

Ruben said the Parks weren't including a specific plan with the proposal due to the expense.

This is the second proposal for this property, which the Parks acquired in 1995 as part of the sale of the Slash Bar H Ranch, formerly owned by the Dangberg family.

Ruben said that the applicant was willing to place an upper limit on the number of homes in the project, half of which would require the transfer of development rights from other property.

The mix as proposed would include 5 percent multi-family, 10 percent affordable housing and 10 percent reserved for people age 55 or older.

The proposal would also be subject to the Douglas County Growth Ordinance which caps the number of building permits that can be issued in a year.

More than half the proposed development would go to Minden, with 1,628 of the 2,900 units, which could double the population of the Douglas county seat by estimated build-out in the year 2061.