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Letter: Real facts

Frankie and Dixie Busch

EDITOR:

What is it that people who are against the Schneider Ranch development don’t understand? A recent letter to the editor stated several so-called facts that are erroneous and need to be straightened out.

First of all, it was made to sound like public forest land when in reality it is and has been for decades private land which can and will be developed one way or the other. The concern regarding the wildlife migration pathway is unfounded, as there will be no fences allowed in the development, and in fact, those of us who live adjacent to this property have the deer on our land daily, who travel wherever they wish.

We have checked with the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Fish and Wildlife and have been unable to substantiate the statement regarding the “great recovery area for Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.” In many years of low watershed, Clear Creek is no more than two inches deep in many areas during the summer and fall. It is hard to conceive that this would be a viable location for such a recovery area.

Although a letter is on file with the Douglas County Planning Commission from the owner of the property to the effect that the exchange of this land for U.S. Forest Service property is no longer a viable option, many people seem to believe that the Forest Service will still take over this property. This is pie in the sky thinking. This is private land that will be developed. The question is, how do you want it done?

The people in the Alpine view area need to realize, as others have, that without approval for an amendment to the master plan, the upscale development of 300 homes with open space, municipal water and sewer, a private golf club, monies allocated for road repairs, access to Highway 50 with Clear Creek Road as secondary access and Bavarian Road as emergency only, which will limit traffic on these two roads, will not be developed. The alternative will be some 115 19-acre lots encompassing much of the meadow, septic tanks and wells, a public golf course, no open space and Clear Creek Road and Bavarian Road as the primary accesses. It has been stated by some that the alternative plan is being used as a “bargaining chip to back commissioners against the wall.” In fact, the developer has the right to proceed with the 115 home sites under existing permits.

It has been stated that many citizens have hiked into and through this area -if so, they were trespassing on private land, which has been posted with “no trespassing” signs for years. Also, the reference to this being one of the most unique and natural areas in Northern Nevada is not accurate either. A drive along Highway 50 toward Lake Tahoe reveals land matching this property, which is either privately owned or owned by the Forest Service. Much of the private land will probably be developed in the future as well. We wonder if the critics of the Schneider Ranch development will be as vocal in their opposition then.

Frankie and Dixie Busch

Douglas County Clear Creek residents

Feb. 28