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Letter — County’s approval good for economy


Commissioner’s get it right!

Thank you Douglas County Commissioners. I believe you did the right thing in approving the Clear Creek project.

The Commissioners should be applauded for their efforts in providing a sound economic base for years to come in approving the retail commercial base in the North County. It was only through foresight, diligence and master plan amendments that this retail core was realized. Thank you commissioners.

Now comes the Clear Creek decision. The commissioners made a logical decision to approve the Clear Creek project. The nearby residents most affected were nearly unanimous in their support for the project. These residents will enjoy the safety benefits on the new Highway 50 underpass. The County will enjoy the benefits of water and sewer improvements that were identified by the County as needed but lacked any funding source (short of raising taxes). Clear Creek will pay for a large part of these improvements. All the county residents and visitors alike will enjoy the productive agricultural lands that will be set aside from development on the valley floor from the TDR program that Clear Creek is required to participate in. This benefit is the main goal of the Douglas County Master plan. And finally, the residents and stewards of Douglas County will benefit for many years from the expanded tax base that Clear Creek will provide.

Where is the problem with this approval? The 130 or so people that sent letters of support didn’t find problems with the project. The business leaders of the county didn’t find problems with the project. There was ample support for the project during the public testimony portion of the hearing from nearby residents. Even the country staff agreed that the project should be approved.

The only real opposition to the project came from the SGI supporters. Now we know what SGI stands for: Stop Growth and Industry. Thank goodness the Douglas County Commissioners got it right. Thank you.

Paul Starn

Carson City

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