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Change in political weather

Lifetime Minden resident and town board member Roxanne Stangle asked the critical question of proponents of a 2,900-home development on Park Cattle land north of the twin towns.

"What's the hurry?"

The answer provided to her involved timing to obtain approval at the county commission level by December, a timeline board member Glenn Radtke said "seems aggressive."

We're pretty sure the real answer lies in the election returns for Douglas County commission.

We don't presume to know how Larry Walsh and Dave Nelson would vote on the project, but based on what we heard during the campaign, we're betting it would be no.

Even now, approval of the proposal is a longshot. Two sitting commissioners, Doug Johnson and Nancy McDermid, voted against a more detailed proposal in November 2008.

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Anyone sitting through a commissioners meeting that discusses flooding or water service or the conditions of the roads, has heard residents wonder aloud why all this wasn't planned out ahead of time.

The reality of the last 40 years is that most development in Carson Valley has been pasted onto what was there before. That explains drainage infrastructure from new subdivisions that just stops, or Muller Lane Parkway, which is a dotted line both on a map and in real life.

While this might be what planning out 50 years looks like, we agree that most Carson Valley residents want no part of it.

The people who've moved here from places with out-of-control growth are leery of attempts to alter what they believe they paid for.