Genoa time-share idea nixed
May 5, 2003
MINDEN (AP) — Plans for a 156-unit, time-share development along a golf course near Genoa have been rejected by Douglas County commissioners.
Commissioners voted 3-1 Thursday to turn down the Genoa Lakes project, with the majority saying it would be in an area periodically flooded by the nearby Carson River and would be incompatible with the surrounding area.
The vote followed the county Planning Commission’s 6-0 recommendation against the project a month ago despite golf course owner Mario Antoci’s insistence that the site would become a first-class destination resort.
Critics said the development in the upscale Genoa Lakes subdivision would ruin the rural character of Genoa and devalue surrounding property.
They also raised concerns about increased traffic and argued such a project can’t be allowed without a secondary access. The subdivision and golf course is accessed now by one street that ties into Foothill Road.
Representatives for the Genoa Lakes Homeowners Association said most members of the group oppose the project. The Genoa Town Board and residents of the Pioneer Trails subdivision just south of Genoa Lakes also opposed the project.
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Commissioners Jacques Etchegoyhen, Bernie Curtis and Steve Weissinger voted against the project. Commissioner Kelly Kite supported it and Commissioner Tim Smith didn’t participate because he’s a Genoa Lakes homeowner.