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New development planned for Jacks Valley

CARSON CITY – The developer of Genoa Lakes wants to build 300 homes and an 18-hole golf course on 1,600 acres in the forest above Jacks Valley.

Jeff Dingman of Dingman Investments said earlier this week that he will be working with property owners John Serpa and Wayne Prim to develop what is tentatively being called Clear Creek Ranch and Golf Club.

The development would occupy what is known as the Schneider Ranch, located in Clear Creek Canyon. Dingman said the project would be accessed from U.S. Highway 50 and Carson Valley residents would not notice it.

“We believe this is a good, responsible way of developing this property,” said Dingman. “We’re going to cluster the housing in the trees and protect as many viewsheds as possible. “

A planner with the Douglas County Community Development Department confirmed a master plan amendment application has been submitted for the project, but said a file hadn’t been prepared and the documents weren’t available for public review.

The Schneider property is zoned for one house per 19 acres. Dingman said he will be seeking a master plan amendment allowing the land to be designated as a receiving area for development rights.

He said development rights for 225 homes could be transferred from agricultural land in the Carson Valley and negotiations with different land owners are under way.

Though the potential number of homes allowed and development rights sought add up to more than 300, Dingman said the project would be limited to 300 houses.

The Schneider Ranch was on a list of properties nominated for acquisition by the federal government through a potential land swap, but Dingman said talks didn’t materialize.

“We think we are presenting a plan that addresses a lot of the objectives of public ownership with the needs of private development,” he said. “We’re thinking of creating permanent open space, trailheads and view corridors. Those are the types of things we think we’ve addressed responsibly.”

Clear Creek Canyon, which parallels Highway 50’s previous route, is a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers. The old road emerges at Spooner Summit near the Tahoe Rim Trail and Kings Canyon Road.

The Schneider project would add another golf course to the Carson Valley-Carson City-Dayton triangle. Dingman, who worked on the upscale Arrowcreek development in Reno, said the golf course could be on par with the Montreux course near Reno or Lahontan near Truckee.

If approval is granted, Dingman hopes to begin work on the golf course in 2001, with houses to follow.

A community development planner said the first round of hearings on the master plan amendments could start in February.

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