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Incline 2020 vision: ‘The challenge is getting everyone going in the same direction' (w/ final report)

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Last Wednesday, roughly 200 residents gathered to listen to officials from the Nevada Rural Development Council provide an objective assessment of Incline Village/Crystal Bay and begin the first step to determining what opportunities exist to move the community forward to a 2020 vision.Of the residents in attendance at The Chateau, about 95 percent were full-timers, and the average age was around 50 years old. After listening to council official discuss the current state of good, bad and ugly of the community — in the form of direct comments and quotations provided by Incline residents — the crowd branched off into groups to define what main themes should serves as the foundations for the community's future.By meeting's end, residents ranked the following themes, in order of importance, that define Incline Village: community development, governance, quality of life, education and mobility.The meeting marked the culmination of a weeks-long process by the Nevada Rural Development Council that started with the group's touring early this summer of the community; 17 subsequent listening sessions in which residents offered feedback; and a pair of town hall meeting to present findings and recommend solutions.The board of the Incline Village/Crystal Bay 2020 Vision Project, with the help of community-raised funds, invited council members to town to complete their Community Assessment. Members include:• Dean Meiling, Chairman• Gene Brockman, President• Jim Clark, Secretary/Treasurer• Lee Weber-Koch, Weber andamp; Associates, Contract Project ManagerSo what's next? Follow-up meetings are expected to take place over the coming weeks and months for each of the five themes determined last week, with groups composed of various residents interested in each. All four 2020 members will help facilitate some of the groups.For more information about Incline Village/Crystal Bay 2020 Vision and to gain further contact information about each of the five groups and how to participate, visit

A full copy of the Nevada Rural Development Council's community assessment report is available in PDF form online with this article,In it, residents can read about the background and process that went into its creation and, perhaps the most eye-opening portion of the document — pages of comments from residents about the current state of Incline Village.Below is a sampling of some of those comments:• “There is no unified vision for the community.”• “The challenge is getting everyone going in the same direction.”• “The form of education should be more engaging for the kids, real life, hands-on learning.”• “The critical education of science, math, English and reading is not happening at the elementary school level. Hence the kids are not prepared to participate in upper level classes such as AP at the high school level.” • “The strength of our community is through its people.”• “We can govern on our own, if we have the authority to do it.” • “No plenary form of government to deal with issues. Have to go to Reno to get permits and bigger decisions approved.” • “We are a utility district — government. We can do almost nothing on our own. Structure is not a good one and puts limitations on the community.” • “We are 35 miles from Washoe County and they don't come here much.” • “Washoe County and TRPA, lots of regulations and large documents to sift through. Maintaining the autonomy of Federal, State and local regulations. We always have to go back to the County for all approvals.”• “Regulation — TRPA is the main problem.”• “Problems start at the elementary school level — not reaching out to the kids with tools they need to progress” and “Over half of the elementary school is Hispanic and we are not teaching enough English literacy.” • “It was voted down to be a town recently. The issue needs to be re-examined. It looked like an open door to raise taxes.”• “There is no unified vision for the community. This community was built to be a second home community. Now there is an attempt to make it a full-time community.”• “The best thing I ever did was buying a house in Incline Village.” • “Summer is the no left turn season,”• “A community that does not value the library does not value education.” • “Communication problem, weekly newspaper limited internet.” • “Need more information to access where we are at.”• “Teaching kids outdoors can mean teaching about energy. There are great resources here for energy learning.” • “Helping people to move up, but then they move out.” • “We do not really have a downtown. Need to make a downtown.” • “The community is old. We need to be updated. This does not match the housing.” • “We need a facelift … big time.” • “We live in sort of a bubble.” • “How do we keep everyone safe on a two-lane roadway SR 28?” • “Parking off SR 28 will solve a lot of problems.” • “We at least need to know where the fences are.” • “Be more self-reliant in the community. Look internally, before looking outside for help.” • “Embrace a long-term transit plan.” • “Commercial core is very hard to find investors. TRPA is prohibiting redevelopment i.e. Cal/Neva. The basin is dying ... the first thing we need is to have a climate to attract investors.” • “Working class struggles to live here; we make the choice to live here. We really love this place. We will work together to make it a better place.” • “Collaborative center that can be used by the complete community it will enrich our quality of life. Open to all.” • “Need a real downtown. The area should be walkable, open and accessible.” • “The remediation rate in college indicates that most of our kids are not receiving even a basic education. 42% of Incline students going to UNR require remedial math, or English, or both. 100% of Incline students going to Truckee Meadows Community College require remedial math, or English, or both. And that's the kids that go to college.” • “More experts per square foot than anywhere else in the world.” • “Cater to our visitors. Our businesses depend on them.” • “Balance the need for a sustainable future (vision) with a rural lifestyle.” • “If you can afford the price of admission, you deserve to be here.”

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