Planners OK parcel map along Highway 88
One of the first proposals for a parcel map on agricultural land was recommended by planning commissioners on Tuesday.
The Neddenriep-Johnson Family Trust is seeking to create four parcels to build five homes on a cul-de-sac east of Highway 88 near Kimmerling Road.
All five parcels range in size from 2.01 to 2.47 acres in size. All the parcels are located in the agricultural zoning district.
The Neddenriep family owns 122.76 acres of agricultural land, not counting the land division.
Under county code, the family must maintain 100 acres of irrigated agricultural land in order to qualify for the project.
The access to the property will be from a 50-foot road that’s 10-feet narrower than county code allows. That variance requires approval by Douglas County commissioners.
Two neighbors spoke in opposition to the request.
Ed Kleiner said while he supports the concept of allowing ranchers the ability to develop small portions of their property, he believes the new ordinance opens the door to increased density.
Kleiner, who owns Comstock Seed, suggested the ordinance undermined the effort to preserve the county’s agriculture.
Former Douglas County commissioner Mike Fischer said he didn’t oppose the idea, but was against the location.
“I’m very supportive of allowing the Neddenrieps to develop,” he said. “But this noncomforming parcel is made five times worse by your actions. It is not a great piece of ag land. In the mornings traffic stacks up there very badly. I would support the action, just not in this location.”
Foothill resident Jim Slade questioned the length of time the Neddenrieps had owned the property.
Planner Heather Ferris confirmed the property had been in the family longer than the five years required under the ordinance, according to the title.
The Neddenriep family has lived in Carson Valley since the 19th Century.
County commissioners agreed to alter the ordinance to make it easier for agricultural property owners to use.
Originally, the ordinance allowed one 2-acre parcel every five years, but because of the cost associated with developing the land, the county altered the ordinance.