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Open space, part two

Staff reports

What’s next for Douglas County’s open space?

That was the question debated Thursday by community members in the wake of last month’s resounding defeat of a quarter-cent sales tax hike to pay willing land owners not to develop their property.

The Business Council is to be commended for reaching out to the community to get a renewed effort going. There is plenty of work for everyone and more than enough opportunity to be heard.

The 14 volunteers who stepped up Thursday to form a committee to study open space options will bring a variety of viewpoints and experience to the table.

If they stick with it, residents can be assured that whatever plan is hammered out is the result of extensive debate and brainstorming.

After Thursday’s workshop it’s clear the emotional issues still are just below the surface. If this effort is to succeed, the “I-told-you-so’s” must stop.

The election is history, the issue was defeated.

It’s time fix the open space plan, to create a program that Carson Valley will support. It’s a waste of time to continue to find fault with what was.

Let’s move on and determine what residents want.