First off, a huge thank you to everyone who came to my campaign kick off last Wednesday. I am amazed and humbled by the turn out. I thank you all for your support and look forward to the campaign. Also, a big thanks to Charlie Abowd and the staff at Cafe at Adele's for hosting the event. As usual, the food and service we're fabulous.
Aside from the kick off party, it was a busy week for me.
Midweek I went to the Community Development Department to check conceptual plans for the west side Vintage project, then after Thursday's Board of Supervisors meeting on the budget went to an evening informational session at Fritsch Elementary School on the Vintage proposal. The development would include single family homes, senior housing and small businesses. Many in the packed crowd there voiced opposition to the property sale along Mountain Street and the conceptual plan. Issues raised included housing density, increased traffic and sufficiency of water supply.
Two other projects proposed for Carson City are well ahead of this one in the planning pipeline. They are the Schulz Ranch project, which is likely to begin some housing construction soon on the city's south edge in the vicinity of Race Track Road, and the more recent Lompa Ranch project for mixed use development, including housing, along East 5th Street.
Community Development Director Lee Pleml told me Lennar Homes may begin yet this year building on the south side site and plans to proceed in the first phase of 100 houses with 10 at a time going up. This seems prudent as the economy is recovering but has builders skittish about massive subdivisions on a speculative basis. Lennar wants to test the market, no doubt.
Lompa Ranch is some time away and the Vintage plans are even more tentative. Schulz is a "done deal," in essence, both of the other proposals will require much consideration from anyone interested. My "due diligence" on each will leave no stone unturned. I favor smart growth, but it must conform to sound site plan, architectural, density and resource availability principles.
A hallmark of my candidacy for city supervisor from Ward 4, as well as my years in office, will be intensive research. That includes availability to all views of affected parties, Someone not long ago counseled me not to make many promises in my campaign because promises from political candidates are a lot like New Year's resolutions. Good advice.
Yet I will promise this, and it is an extension of my years as an impartial reporter asking extensive questions while being a watchdog regarding both public policy and commerce. I will research every prospective issue intensively, listen to views without fail and make decisions after I'm convinced I have all or at least sufficient evidence before casting my vote.
Monitoring last night's meeting and my midweek trip to the Community Development Department was just the beginning of that process regarding Vintage and Lompa Ranch..
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!