A Sign of the Times?


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.

Mark Lawson

New Management!

With my campaign for county commissioner, I’ve had to largely abandon my efforts in the WRAP group.  I am pleased to say that a new leader has stepped forward to take over my roles as “agent” and “treasurer”.  It is Mark Lawson from Washoe Valley who shares our passion to preserve what is so wonderful about the Truckee Meadows and to defend against bad development with its attendant problems.  I think he is the right person to advance the WRAP agenda and to better fulfill it’s potential.  There are initiatives to inform area residents and to monitor county activities and to support neighborhoods and to influence county procedures that I have not been able to pursue.

For my part, I’m seeking support for my campaign.  With no primary opponent, I have more time to reach voters.  I’m advancing that effort every day.  If elected, I will look to the WRAP group for the perspective of residents along with CAB meetings and public input at commission meetings.  Should I lose my bid for the commission seat, I expect to be active in WRAP once again.  I want to thank the WRAP activists for the support they’ve shown me and all that I have learned from them.  Steve Wolgast