Growing with Gardnerville |

Growing with Gardnerville

Historically, Douglas County hasn’t had any experience with cities.

Despite common references to the word, there isn’t an incorporated city in the county and never has been.

Ten of Nevada’s 17 counties are home to an incorporated city today. Many of the rest have seen one boomtown or another that qualified, even if they didn’t undergo the legal procedure.

While home to Nevada’s first settlement, even when Genoa was the commercial hub of Nevada, it was basically a wide spot along the Emigrant Trail.

Gardnerville started out that way on the road to Bodie in 1879, and has grown in fits and starts ever since.

We love Minden as it is, but we wager founder H.F. Dangberg Jr. envisioned more of a metropolis 110 years later.

On Tuesday, Gardnerville Town Board members voted to extend the town’s urban service boundary east to the Allerman Canal, which coincides with the boundaries of the Gardnerville Water Co. and Minden-Gardnerville Sanitation District.

Town Manager Tom Dallaire said he sees a scenario where Douglas County’s second oldest town could be home to 10,000 people by 2040.

Depending on what happens with the Gardnerville Ranchos over the next two decades, Gardnerville could one day catch up with the county’s largest community.

Extending Gardnerville’s service boundary won’t result in the approval of new projects. We anticipate that when county commissioners meet on the master plan amendments, they’ll agree with planning commissioners’ denial of the big receiving areas proposed for the area.

But between the Virginia Ranch Development behind Walmart and the Ranch north of town, there’s still plenty of homes to be built.