Petition seeks to overturn Park deal
An organizer of a petition to overturn a development agreement between the Park family and Douglas County acknowledges that won’t affect a master plan amendment bringing 1,044 acres of receiving area to Carson Valley.
A petition to hold a referendum to reconsider the ordinance establishing a development agreement with Park Ranch Holdings has been filed with the Douglas County Clerk-Treasurer’s Office.
Residents Jeanne Shizuru, Ellie Waller, Lynn Muzzy, Mark Gardner and Walt Nowosad filed the petition with the clerk’s office to reconsider the ordinance was approved on Dec. 12, according to Election Administrator Dena Dawson.
Petitioners will have 180 days to gather 2,613 signatures to get the referendum on the November ballot.
Approval of the master plan amendment can’t be overturned by a referendum.
Shizuru said that would have to be reversed in a new master plan amendment favored by Gardner and Nowosad, should they be elected.
“The accompanying approval of the receiving area through a master plan amendment also needs to be reversed, which will have to be accomplished in a new master plan amendment by new commissioners, who will be voted in to replace commissioners Walsh and Penzel in next year’s election,” Shizuru said. “The voters will have the last word on this betrayal of the master plan.”
The petition is in response to Douglas County commissioners Dec. 3 decision to approve the development agreement 3-2 that trades the right-of-way for Muller Lane Parkway across Park Cattle for capping receiving area at 2,500 homes.
Commissioners Barry Penzel, Larry Walsh and Wes Rice voted in favor of the change. County commissioners also approved a master plan amendment that moves receiving area from Topaz Ranch Estates to Park property north of Minden and Gardnerville.
Nowosad and Gardner have announced they are seeking seats on the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. Shizuru is married to County Commissioner Dave Nelson, who is also up for re-election. Lynn Muzzy is spouse to Jan Muzzy who is co-chairwoman of Gardner’s campaign. The fifth signatory on the petition is Alpine View resident Ellie Waller.
“It is clear that the people of Douglas County are overwhelmingly opposed to the 2,500 homes that were approved in the Park Development Agreement,” Shizuru said on Tuesday. “The master plan was designed to maintain the rural character of our Valley. Yet, commissioners Walsh, Penzel and Rice failed to recognize the significance of the 2,500 homes in destroying our rural county.”
Shizuru said the petition was the only means she saw to reverse the development agreement.
Should voters approve repealing the ordinance, but commissioners fail to reverse the receiving area change, the Parks could build up to 16,000 units on their property.
The Record-Courier has attempted to contact the attorney for the Parks.
This is the second petition seeking to place a Douglas County action on the ballot.
A proposal to raise a portion of the funding for an events center using a redevelopment area at Stateline is also the target of a petition drive.