Douglas County simply may discover an up to date grasp plan beneath its tree this Christmas.
On Tuesday, planning commissioners heard an update on the method to complete the update that has been in progress for practically 4 years.
The county is at present working beneath the 2011 plan. First authorised in 1996, the plan had undergone updates each 5 years.
When the newest try and update the plan was offered to county commissioners in January 2018, it was rejected as too bloated.
Chief Planner Sam Booth advised planning commissioners that when he was employed in December 2018 there wasn’t a neighborhood growth director or a county supervisor.
“My direction was ‘don’t wait on those guys, it’s been too long,” he stated. “The plan is far overdue to be updated.”
Despite commissioners’ balking at remaining approval of the 2016-17 effort, Booth stated he felt there’s good information within the draft plans.
Left to update within the plan are the targets and insurance policies, descriptions, evaluation and inhabitants information. The ongoing U.S. Census could wind up contributing to the latter.
Last yr, commissioners authorised the grasp plan maps, which have been held up by the inclusion of the switch of 1,044 acres of receiving space from the Sleeping Elephant Ranch in Topaz Ranch Estates to Park Cattle Holdings land in Carson Valley.
That debate required two separate grasp plan revision efforts by the county, after one needed to be rescinded because of questions on noticing.
Booth stated the county ended up sending out eight,000 discover letters on the modification and was accomplished in December 2019.
Last month, county commissioners voted to rent guide Wood Rogers to assist Community Development wrap up the grasp plan work.
Community Development Director Tom Dallaire stated the division anticipated a slow-down as a result of coronavirus outbreak, however that didn’t occur.
“We were hoping to get this work done on our own,” he stated. “Funding came from salary savings in our department.”
One concern is the extent of public outreach on the plan, which up to now has included public conferences and on-line polls.
“We hope to have online and in-person open house meetings, but that’s changing on a week-to-week basis,” Booth stated.
Public workshops on the plan are anticipated to happen in August and early September.
“After we receive input, we’ll move to drafting the plan,” Booth stated. “Once we have now a draft of the plan, we’ll come again to the planning fee and put the general public on discover it’s able to be reviewed.
Booth admitted it was an aggressive timeline that could be affected by any modifications that come up.
“We checked out what occurred to this plan and that it has been pushed again yr after yr,” he stated. “We’re trying to tackle the plan head-on.”
Booth stated planners hope to have a joint assembly with county commissioners in early August to debate the method.
Planning Commission Chairman Kirk Waldear urged residents to go to the county’s grasp plan internet web page moderately than look ahead to the precise plan to return out. He stated approval of the plan requires a 5-2 vote.