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Strip mall zoning changes to be reviewed Thursday

by Christy Chalmers

Zoning changes that could bring a seven-acre strip mall to the corner of Highway 395 and Waterloo Lane will be introduced Thursday.

The move follows a Nevada Supreme Court ruling that reversed an earlier Douglas County commission decision that would have prevented development on 30 acres at the site.

The owners had wanted to change the land’s agricultural master plan designation to allow commercial development on 7.68 acres and public facilities on the remaining 22.87 acres.

A 3-2 county commission vote on the request was considered a denial because it was not a super majority of affirmative votes. The developers appealed to the supreme court, which said the county couldn’t impose a super majority requirement, meaning the 3-2 vote was enough for the requested master plan changes.

The commission is now being asked to approve the zoning changes needed to develop the site. County Manager Dan Holler said the zoning changes are the same as those proposed in 1999, and he hasn’t heard of any requests for significant changes.

When the project was described in 1999, the developers suggested the 22.87 acres could be donated to the county and used to expand Lampe Park. It’s not known if that offer still stands.

The county commission meets at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Stateline administration building, 175 Highway 50.