See our new sign on Mount Rose Highway above the Thomas Creek intersection. It’s time to publicize the problem and have serious discussions on how to proceed. There is open talk of a moratorium on development in Lemmon Valley. Considering that there are already over 100 development projects approved and not built for a total of 60,000 dwellings in Washoe County, it might be time to think of it county wide.
As the new leader for WRAP, I am appalled by some of the recently approved developments (Stonegate and Lemmon Valley Heights come to mind). But, I am also encouraged by the growing sentiment across the county that we cannot keep going on this way. The most important way to effect change is through the November elections. Most of the incumbents support the current form of development. Vote them out for a change. Beyond that, there are ways using WRAP to work together effectively and influence development that have not yet been tried.
There is a lot of resistance to the new Lands Bill that would make more land available for development in the Truckee Meadows and make large wilderness areas in the north of the county. This bill has few supporters. See an excellent article about it and recent opinion pieces on the In the Media page.