The BOCC should follow the master plan; but, they don’t.
Over the twenty years I have been a resident of Douglas County, I have watched one Douglas County Commissioner after another campaign and win on promises to be conservative guardians of our scenic, quiet, and rural county only to become RINOs and yield to the-powers-that-be. In fact, in almost every case, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) has been ruled by a slim liberal majority, who serve large developers and landowners here and at Stateline.
“Think of it: 2,500 more homes in Minden/Gardnerville, plus the 4000 already on the books.”
Take for example the recent land boondoggle. A large landowner attempted to pull a fast one on Douglas County and its citizens. Years ago, he set aside 1040 acres for future development in the Topaz area. In apparent naïve collusion with three of the five commissioners, the landowner requested to transfer a majority of his acreage to Minden. The remainder – a smaller portion of it – would go to Gardnerville.
Recently, with the blessing of the BOCC (by a 3-2 vote), the landowner successfully transferred his 1,040 acres to the Minden / Gardnerville area. Commissioners Penzel, Walsh, and Rice voted in favor of the swap. Houses built on the land will exacerbate our existing traffic problems and tap an already stressed infrastructure.
2,500 new homes
Think of it: 2,500 more homes in Minden/Gardnerville, plus the 4,000 already on the books. I can’t begin estimate how much grief and stress that would inflict on Douglas County residents.
Traffic & infrastructure
Think stress on the infrastructure; stress on law enforcement; stress on our schools; and, think about the stress of more traffic congestion to the tune of 7,000 more cars and trucks on the already jammed 395.
BOCC takes unilateral action
It seems in order to “move” that land out of Topaz, an amendment to the Douglas County Master Plan should have first been requested by the landowner; but, it wasn’t.
Had a master plan amendment been made, the Douglas County Planning Commission would have sent their recommendations to the BOCC, who would then review it before determining the best course of action. Regardless, the Commissioners unilaterally moved forward and took action without any input from the Planning Commission; and, this travesty was approved with a 3 to 2 vote.
The omission of a Master Plan amendment caused the entire request to be revisited. The correct process was re-run with the landowner coming up with a seven-part agreement. The seventh part forbade the BOCC from overturning the agreement. This last item tied the hands of not only the current board, but also all future boards for thirty years.
Elect “Walt” Nowosad for Commissioner
Please vote for me so I can assist in returning deliberative and honest processes to the Board of County Commissioners and keep our county rural, scenic, and quiet.