Code change would limit chances to amend Lyon master plan

Landowners and developers might end up with only one chance each year to apply for master plan amendments when they want to develop their lots.

The Lyon County Planning Commission last week approved a new revision to the county code that will allow for master plan amendment applications only once a year for the next two years, and twice a year after that.

Rob Loveberg, Lyon County planning director, said the proposed change would allow the department's staff to more efficiently work on the comprehensive master plan, which has a target date for completion of December 2008.

"I want us to get through the master plan process as efficiently as possible," he said. "I know it has an effect on landowners, but it has an effect on our resources and funding for the master plan process, so it's a trade-off."

Loveberg said there is no limit on the number of times a year master plan amendments can be heard, and a cycle would allow the commissioners to view requests in a broader scope, rather than piecemeal.

He added that he didn't believe the once-a-year cycle would hamper developers.

"It shouldn't negatively affect developers," he said. "It will reduce the number of times a year the county hears these, so if someone is considering making an application, it won't be as convenient as coming in every month. But it will provide them the opportunity to plan for the master plan cycles.

George Peek, president of ERGS Inc., which is proposing a 697-home planned-unit development in Silver Springs, isn't so sure.

"From my perspective, it potentially slows up the process," he said. "I guess it has to do with their workload, but it would force me to look at whether or not I wait for the county to master plan Silver Springs or bring in my own master plan request."

Planning Commissioner Ray Johnson opposed the limits.

"It would give them time to get their ducks in a row, but if you're a developer and you miss the deadline by one day, you're screwed," he said.

Commissioner Chuck Davies argued the new proposal was more efficient.

"Do it once a year so that people aren't coming in every month with master plan amendments," he proposed. "The purpose is to slow down the process so staff can complete the master plan."

• Contact reporter Karen Woodmansee at or 882-2111, ext. 351.


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