Incline wants a piece of Ponderosa
IVGID official wants chance to be in control of community
By Erin Roth
Tribune News Service
INCLINE VILLAGE – Leaders here have approved preliminary plans to secure a piece of the Ponderosa Ranch.
A letter of intent to purchase at least six parcels of the 500-plus acre famed TV show ranch at Incline Village was agreed to at a meeting of the town’s general improvement district on Wednesday.
“The bottom line is that we want to be in control of our community, and the only way to do that is by showing an interest in the Ponderosa property,” Incline Village General Improvement District Manager Bill Horn said. “This letter opens doors to the next step.”
There is a concern that government agencies will purchase land parcels and then “just sit on them,” Horn said, referring to an overall coordinated multi-agency plan to secure the ranch from development interests.
“We look at this – it’s not progressing, and Incline Village is going to get the short end of the stick … taking leadership is the right thing to do,” Horn said. “We want better control of what the community looks like.”
Jacques Etchegoyhen of Terra Firma Associates, the consultants hired to broker the Ponderosa deal with the government agencies, agreed with the improvement district’s plans.
“You’re on exactly the right track,” Etchegoyhen said. “IVGID is the first public body we came to – intentionally, because its your community. And it’s not about closing doors, it’s about opening them.”
IVGID staff and trustees agreed that by approving a letter of intent, the community is moving toward having control of itself.
“Washoe County, the state of Nevada and TRPA don’t ever let us get involved in what our community looks like,” Horn said. “Now is our chance.”