Request for zone change withdrawn |

Request for zone change withdrawn

by Christy Chalmers, staff writer

A request for zoning changes that could have allowed stores at the corner of Highway 395 and Muller Lane has been withdrawn.

Dangberg Holdings Nevada, which owns the land, had requested a master plan change that could have allowed commercial development on 70 acres at the site. The Douglas County Planning Commission was to consider it Sept. 12, but the company pulled the application.

The withdrawal means future changes for the land would have to start the approval process over, and the property will keep its current agricultural use.

County Manager Dan Holler previously said Wal-Mart had looked at the site for a possible Carson Valley location, but he said Sept. 7 the company is no longer interested, though it is reviewing other places.

Gordon DePaoli, an attorney for Dangberg Holdings, did not return a phone call seeking comment on the application withdrawal.

The action came a few days after the Douglas County Commission debated the implication of changing the boundaries of an adjacent urban service area. The commission took no formal action, however.

The county master plan includes several community plans that have been customized for different areas of the county. The 70 acres at Muller and 395 is in an agricultural planning area that is adjacent to the Minden and Gardnerville planning areas.

The town planning areas provide for urban services such as water and sewer lines, and planners wanted to know if the town area should be modified to include the Muller property.

The request also brought up the question of how to calculate the number of development rights needed for a commercial project. The master plan envisions moving development rights – the number of houses legally allowed on a property, which is based on the zoning it has – from one place to another. Development right transfers haven’t been applied to a commercial project, so the planners need to know what policy is wanted.