Planning commission to hear master plan update, review worstDcase scenario |

Planning commission to hear master plan update, review worstDcase scenario

Staff reports

Requests to build singleD family homes rose in Douglas County rose sharply in June.

County planner Mimi Moss said Friday the 72 single-family housing permits issued in June is of the highest numbers in recent memory.

By comparison, 58 permits were issued in June 2001, she said.

County Commission Chairman Don Miner said Friday the increase isn’t surprising because of the Sustainable Growth Initiative, which would limit the number of dwelling units built annually in Carson Valley to 280.

“Any time you threaten to turn something off,” a rise in permit requests is expected, Miner said.

In June 2001, the county distributed 58 residential permits.

The average number of permits per month dating back to January 1999 is 44.

“It definitely spiked,” Moss said.

The Douglas County Planning Commission w9ill hear a report on the increases and masterDplan related issues Tuesday.

The report also states that for 2002, there were 303 permits issued though June 30, compared with 304 for the same period in 2001.

A total of 561 single family house permits were granted in 2001.

The highest number issued in one year since 1990 was the 626 permits issued in 1994.

The fiveDpart master plan report focuses on flood and drainage, open space preservation and planning, transportation, capital improvement plans and water/wastewater.

Also contained in the planning department’s six-month master plan update is a “worst-case scenario” of the maximum number of houses that could be built in Douglas County.

Both the county and planning commissions requested the report showing a worst-case scenario in housing construction, Moss said.

If all lots in Carson Valley are divided and developed to their fullest potential, the number of parcels is 32,818.

According to the 2000 census, there are a total of 20,771 housing units in Douglas County, with 1,765 used for seasonal, recreational, or occasional housing.

In other business Tuesday, planning commissioners will:

n Consider a zoning change from neighborhood commercial to multi-family residential in the Town of Minden southwest of the Century 21 Real Estate Mall on Highway 395 in Minden. Developers want to build 31 multi-family, two-story townhouses. The project is being developed by Jumpers, LLC.

n Consider a a request to divide 9.77 acres into nine parcels near the intersection of Stephanie Lane and Gordon Avenue.

n Consider a zoning change from general commercial to multiple-family residential for a 3.55 acre parcel east of Gilman Avenue near Chichester Estates. Jumpers, LLC, wants to build a 40-unit multi-family residential development. The Gardnerville Town Board, an advisory board, voted against the plan.