INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. and#8212; Opening Diamond Peak up for summer recreation, improving walkability and bikeability among commercial businesses and redeveloping the old K-2 elementary school are among key items on the wish list of residents who want to see improvements to Incline Village.
These and other ideas, along with praises and criticisms of the community, were revealed last week as part of the ongoing Incline Village/Crystal Bay 2020 project.
More than 200 Incline Village residents participated in 16 various and#8220;listening sessionsand#8221; June 18-21 during a community assessment set up by Incline 2020, the local group created early this year to provide the framework for a vision for the communityand#8217;s future, and how it will get there.
Officials with the Nevada Rural Development Council conducted the sessions, and they presented initial findings in a town hall meeting last Thursday evening.
and#8220;What concerns (residents) most is the balance between full-time and part-time homeowners, and adding the tourism mix into that, and how those groups of people all work together,and#8221; said Carl Dahlen, executive director Nevada Rural Development Council, in a phone interview this week. and#8220;Another big concern was the lack of government ... looking beyond just a GID and seeing what that might look like.and#8221;
Other projects and initiatives sought by residents and included in the initial presentation last week include: Forming a community action committee; creating a centralized local website; diversifying business and revenue sources; redeveloping the community; cleaning up Tahoe Boulevard; coordinating fundraising events/volunteers; developing a common vision/strategy; and creating a downtown central district.
One other area of concern not included in the initial report, Dahlen said, involves entry points in and out of Incline Village and how some residents expressed worry about the execution of an evacuation plan should there be a natural disaster.
and#8220;The plan might be there, but if people donand#8217;t know about it, what good does that do?and#8221; Dahlen said.
Nevada Rural Development Council officials will be back in Incline Village Aug. 28 to present an in-depth draft report of last weekand#8217;s assessment. A town hall meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at The Chateau.
According to the council, next steps include allowing the community to set priorities based on the draft report, then forming action groups and action plans in order to perhaps attain some of the goals.
Residents can get an example of what Inclineand#8217;s final report might look like by visiting www.ruralnevada.org/assessments and clicking on various Nevada communities that already have been through the process, such as Gerlach, Fernley and Lincoln County. Residents also can stay updated at www.ivcb2020vision.org.