Douglas DA responds to lawsuit |

Douglas DA responds to lawsuit

by Scott Murphy, Tribune News Service

Douglas County officials said Tuesday they don’t dispute claims by a Minden casino developer wanting to derail the growth cap initiative.

Last Wednesday, Nevada Northwest, LLC., filed a lawsuit seeking to remove the Sustainable Growth Initiative from the ballot.

If approved by voters, the initiative would limit housing construction in Carson Valley to 280 dwelling units per year.

The suit named Douglas County, its county commissioners and the five members of the Sustainable Growth Initiative Committee.

Douglas County Attorney Scott Doyle responded to the lawsuit Tuesday on the county’s behalf.

Doyle did not argue with contentions made by Nevada Northwest that the Sustainable Growth Initiative is inappropriate to handle zoning issues, which are delegated to the county.

In its reply, the county stated the issue was inapprpopriate for the ballot.

Doyle could not be reached for comment.

County Manager Dan Holler said late Tuesday he had not seen the lawsuit.

However, based on informationn about the suit, Holler said the county simply followed the administrative process that it’s required to when citizens bring an initiative.

“The county has done everything in accordance with our requirements” to put citizen-led initiatives on the ballot, he said.

Based on the facts of law, zoning decisions are the province of county governments, Holler said.

“We don’t disagree” with Nevada Northwest, LLC’s contentions, Holler said.

However, it’s not Douglas County’s place to disallow such suits, it’s the court’s job, Holler said.

No date has been set for a hearing.

Nevada Northwest is building casino and housing development in Minden. It plans to build 367 dwelling units.

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