Parks commission to eye recommendations for subdivision

While the development itself is being opposed by neighbors, Carson City Parks and Recreation officials are working on what kind of parks might go into a subdivision near Racetrack Road in South Carson City.

Parks and Recreation commissioners are scheduled to vote today on whether to recommend policies regarding parks and open space, should the city's planning commission approve the controversial subdivision.

The estimated 500-home development being proposed on about 150 acres near the Carson City and Douglas County line is facing bitter opposition from nearby residents, who want to keep their neighborhood rural.

The area is now zoned for one-acre lots, but the proposed subdivision would contain lots ranging from three-quarters acre down to as small as 4,000 square feet, or 10.89 lots per acre, said Mark Rotter, an engineering consultant involved in the project.

The proposal up for a vote by the Parks and Recreation Commission today will have no effect on the subdivision's approval, said Carson City Parks Planner Vern Krahn, it will only guide park and open-space projects if the development moves forward.

City parks officials, who have been working with the developer's engineers, are suggesting three neighborhood parks in the proposed development.

One would be about 30 feet wide and extend about a half mile on the south side of Topsy Lane, which would likely be extended if the project is approved.

There would be an 8-foot bike and pedestrian path within the park.

There would also be two smaller parks in different corners of the development. City Planner Lee Plemel told the Planning commission last week that Carson City is below the national average in neighborhood parks per population. This development, he said, would be closer to the rest of the nation.

City planners are also recommending the subdivision's bicycle and pedestrian paths include connections to adjacent paths and walkways and to nearby locations such as the Edmonds Sports Complex, the Stewart Indian School, the Clear Creek corridor, Bigelow Drive, Center Drive, the V&T right-of-way along the Carson River and northern Douglas County open-space areas.

n Contact reporter Cory McConnell at or 881-1217.

If you go

What: Carson City Parks and Recreation Commission meeting

When: 5:30 p.m. today

Where: Sierra Room of the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St.


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