Carson City lands bill has U.S. Senate hearing

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A U.S. Senate subcommittee Tuesday held a hearing on the Carson City lands bill sponsored by Nevada Democratic Sens. Jacky Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto.
That piece of legislation was among several public lands measures reviewed Tuesday in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining.
The subcommittee was chaired by Cortez Masto.
The bill would transfer 258 acres of identified federal land to Carson City. The transfer would let the city better mitigate wildfire and flood dangers, improve transportation and improve access to outdoor recreation areas around city parks and open space around Carson City and Northern Nevada.
The bill would have the “Department of the Interior dispose of approximately 28 acres of federal land identified as the Prison Hills Property. On the disposal of such land, Carson City shall retain (1) a public utility easement, concurrent with Koontz Lane and Conti Drive in the city, that provides waterlines and access to the water tank immediately east of such parcels of federal land; and (2) an existing drainage easement for a future detention basin.”
“If Carson City offers to convey to Interior the approximately 21 acres of land identified as Bennett Ave Properties and Pinion Hills Dr Property, Interior shall accept the offer and then dispose of the land conveyed to it.
“Carson City may enter into an agreement to sell, lease, or otherwise convey all or a portion of the approximately 75 acres of identified city land in which the Bureau of Land Management has a reversionary interest to third parties for public purposes.
“The bill provides for the disposition of the proceeds of the land sales conducted pursuant to this bill.”
The bill was first introduced in 2020. It was reintroduced on April 28, 2021.


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