A week monitoring reactions to the Vintage senior project proposed for Carson City's west side blended with ongoing campaign activities.
The conceptual outline of the Vintage project west of Mountain Street, as I understand it, would require a Master Plan amendment and altered zoning unless changed radically by the developer. The developer already has announced an intention to remove any commercial space from the housing project, adding a one acre vineyard and other amenities.
Opponents, however, still showed up Wednesday to voice their concerns at a Planning Commission meeting even though the issue hasn't yet been vetted by city government staff or reached the commission's agenda. Five opponents spoke during initial public comment period, which allows testimony on items not included on the agenda,
John Bullis, CPA, was among those opposed. He said the proposal doesn't fit in with the west side neighborhoods nearby and is too dense. Tommy Hughes, retired wet side resident who doesn't live directly adjacent to the proposed project, agreed and also cited concerns about city water supply impacts.
Hughes also spoke against the project at a meeting two nights earlier at Fritsch Elementary School, also raising the water issue there. Both times, he mentioned the drought.
The fact that this west side proposal may need a Master Plan amendment reminded me this is the time for opponents to voice their concerns and strive to influence the direction of policy decisions, just as it was the proper time more than a decade ago to do that regarding how downtown Carson City would be modified as it finally is now.
The 2006 Master Plan changes, widely discussed in the community during 2004 and 2005, put in place the general concept that led to the current downtown makeover. An intervening public/private plan called City Center, was opposed by residents. It would have taken city government off the planning path foretold by the Master Plan in 2006.
West side residents now raising their voices on the conversion of ranch property west of Mountain Street for a potential but still unclear proposal are exercising their right to influence development decisions at the proper time much as those who did so more than a decade ago did regarding downtown as it became clear a bypass freeway, long talked about, eventually would be completed. That time now has arrived. The freeway will be done next year.
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