Letter — Douglas County right to approve development
Congratulations go to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners who, unlike the planning commissioners, saw through the all-too-typical, smoke-and-mirrors, sky-is-falling, lies and distortions of those Sour Grapes Individuals (SGI) to clearly see and appreciate major future benefits to the Douglas County taxpayers with their approval of the Clear Creek Ranch Master Plan Amendment and project.
Clear Creek will bring the county over a half-billion dollars of expanded property tax base, over $5 million of new annual property tax revenue and $60 million of new infrastructure costs all at no cost to the county taxpayers.E
Of the approved 384 residential units on less than 200 to-be-developed acres of the 1,600 acres ranch, the individual-per- parcel property taxes will average $15,000 annually, yielding more than $5 million of new tax revenue yearly.E
Nearly 2,000 acres of natural terrain, open space including 400-700 acres of productive, active agricultural lands in the Carson Valley will be permanently preserved from future development.E
Major Highway 50 safety improvements will be constructed with an interchange/underpass connecting upper Old Clear Creek Road which will provide year-round safe access to the Nevada State Youth Camp, U.S. Forest Service lands and a new trailhead with direct public access to the Tahoe Rim Trail and Lake Tahoe. Clear Creek’s once-pristine meadow and waterways will be restored, improved, preserved and protected from development.E
The Clear Creek project will also complete the multi-million dollar North County Foothill Regional county water, sewer and fire protection infrastructure program, improving drinking water quality, sanitary sewer and fire protection from Genoa to the Highway 395 retail power centers — something the county could not afford to accomplish by itself.E
Yes, it did take a Master Plan Amendment to create the receiving area making these most significant, county-wide benefits possible. Not unlike Target/Home Depot/Best Buy/WalMart centers, thoughtful planning often does take an amendment and several hundred hours of professional planning and focused leadership.E
The Clear Creek project has been approved for its highest and best use while saving taxpayers millions in infrastructure costs while generating new millions annually to offset our future taxes. Great job!E
Also most impressive have been the active involvements and leadership of our chambers of commerce, the Douglas County Business Council, building industry and hundreds in the private sector who understand our quality of life depends on continued economic growth with intelligent planning.