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Planners approve commercial development

by Sharon Carter

Developers of a planned commercial development in the Gardnerville Ranchos got the go-ahead from the Douglas County Planning Commission Tuesday.

Commissioners approved a proposal from Bing Construction for a planned commercial development on the north side of Dresslerville Road near the former Tree House Nursery. Bing plans to construct eight one-story buildings on the 7.7-acre site, dedicating 32,500 square feet of building space to neighborhood commercial uses – small retail shops, restaurants, convenience stores or a post office – and 20,810 square feet to office space.

Dresslerville Road will be widened with the project and Bing will share in the costs of a traffic signal when one is needed.

At its April meeting, the Gardnerville Town Board approved “The Village” project.

In response to concerns raised by residents in the area, the county planners’ approval included use limitations particularly prohibiting gasoline sales and drive-throughs.

In 1997, county officials had approved construction of an RV park at the site. The RV park’s special use permit expired last year.

– A park but no golf course. With a dozen Saratoga Springs residents in the audience, planning officials approved a request from developers of the North County subdivision to rearrange plans for the neighborhood’s open space and eliminate a planned golf course.

Instead of the golf course which representatives of developer DNS Ventures, Ltd., of Gardnerville, said is no longer economically feasible, DNS proposes to build a 1.75-acre improved park and create pedestrian/bike paths through 17 acres of open area.

DNS also obtained approval to reconfigure some of its lots and streets for future phases. There were no proposed changes to the subdivision’s density. The number of single-family lots will remain at 541, which is consistent with the area’s base zoning and is about 1.28 units per acre.

– Home-based business remains. After listening to neighborhood detractors and supporters of a Foothill-area home business, planning officials determined Michael Buffo was operating his refrigeration company in compliance with requirements imposed by his home occupation permit.

Some neighbors had complained to county code enforcement officers that the business had outgrown the quiet neighborhood – adding unacceptable traffic and sounds of telephones ringing. They also objected to vehicles with company logos parked on the property and a garage.

The planning commission directed county staff to investigate new allegations of code violations, but to disregard complaints on items the commission has ruled conform with code requirements.

Most actions taken by the planning commission are forwarded as recommendations to the Board of Douglas County Commissioners, which makes the final decisions.