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East WV CAB Followup

Sarah Tone, County Outreach Coordinator for the Citizen’s Advisory Board (CAB) process, sent these clarifications on march’s CAB meeting:

Regarding the South Valley ’s Area Plan, Washoe County is filing a letter of objection with the Regional Planning Commission (RPC). The letter will outline the reasons for conformance to the regional plan. The RPC approved the finding of conformance by a 5-4 vote; however, the action requires a 2/3 majority. Thus it was a technical denial. It is arguable that the reasons given for the denial was based on information not related or included in the South Valley ’s Area Plan and also not technically sound.  If the item is not approved at the RPC, staff will appeal the decision to the Regional Planning Governing Board. We understand that this is frustrating for all who have spent countless hours working on this plan. We will continue to keep you up to date on important meetings and events.

§         There is no cap on the total number of septic systems in Washoe Valley .

March EWV CAB Meeting Report

Neither the Washoe County Sheriff’s Dpt. nor the Reno Fire Dpt. were there, so no report.
Suzie Rogers, the Public Safety Officer reported her dpt. is the office you get when you call 911.  If it’s a fire or safety issue, they transfer the call to the South Dispatch Office, 832-4110. She informed us that if they receive either a 1 or a 9 call with a delay after, it defaults to 911. They must respond to all those calls thinking it could be an emergency.  Unfortunately sometimes an elder or young person tries to call and hangs up and starts over, which causes problems.
NVEnergy personnel was supposed to be present to address power outage concerns.  Unfortunately they were not, so that’s continued until next month.  Patty who lives at the end of the line on Ormsby Lane in the Lyon area expressed concerns about an annoying external noise source, a rather loud humming which goes off & on.  She says it’s getting louder and more unpleasant and really bothers her & her dog.  Patty has contacted them twice.
Someone asked about the status of the Lowden property on Eastlake.  Sarah Tone said if they sell one lot or more, owners would have to submit a tentative subdivision map, which has not been done yet.  That would have to go through the CAB.  The map on the signs is not official.
Dave Harrison reported on the Scenic By-ways Committee, saying it is tentatively approved, but probably will not be finalized for a year or two.
NDOW was not present, but informed Dave Harrison, who reported they were going to do a burn in Scripps this month , but could not get the dozers in time.  The goal was to burn out the invasive weeds, mostly whitetop, which had gotten out of control.  It may be done in April.
Sarah Tone, Outreach coordinator for Washoe County, informed about the budget, saying if had to be cut 47 million, 6% of the cuts in safety, and 36 -40% in libraries, museums, art, etc.  There will be a meeting at the end of April, ways to reduce CAB costs.  This will go into effect July 1st.  They now have a new email set-up for the public with worksheets and comment forms.  Sarah said don’t respond to this email.
The South Valleys Area Plan, Dave Harrison, the chair, reported it could go back to the Regional Governing Board again at the county’s request.  Ann York said she was there, and it was voted down 6, who favored, and 5 against.  It took 2/3 majority to pass, so it didn’t pass.  The main reason was because of the wells & septics, some feeling it would not be good for the general public or general planning since some wells are going dry and some others have nitrates.
Ann York said her & Valerie Wiliams have served their 6 year terms on the CAB, so in June there will be 2 vacancies in the CAB.  She stated that this valley needs all the help it can get.
Meeting ended.
Submited by Ann York, CAB member

East Washoe Valley CAB Needs YOU!

The East Washoe Valley Citizen’s Advisory Board will be losing two members by June and need two members of the community to volunteer to one night a month. Members of the CAB meet for a couple hours in the evening to facilitate communication between citizens and Washoe County on local concerns and issues.


December East WV CAB

Decembers meeting of the East Washoe Valley CAB was held on December 16th. The board members, county oficials and the public discussed local crime, county budget cuts, illegal dumping and weed abatement among other issues. See the minutes and the agenda for this months meeting on January 20th, here.

Gourley Dam Update

The Gourley Dam at Joy Lake was discussed at the last Galena/Steamboat CAB and this is the transcript from that meeting. Residents are concerned about why some are required to get building permits and apparently others are not. Also, the potential of a dambreak is a concern of downstream residents.

Scroll down or search for “dam” for more dam information!

Gourley Dam discussion at the CAB:

Special Use Permit SB08-015 (Ted H. and Julie R. Gourley Trust) – Stacie Huggins, Wood Rodgers, Inc
presented the request to legalize the previous grading, excavation, and disturbance of approximately 154,355
square feet (±3.54 acres) on three (3) adjoining parcels as authorized in Article 810 of the Washoe County
Development Code. The subject properties are located south and west of St. James Village; approximately ½
mile from the intersection of Pine Wild Road and Joy Lake Road. The subject parcels total approximately ±46.22-
acres and are designated General Rural (GR) in the Forest Area Plan, and are situated in the E ½ and SE ¼ of
Section 15, T17N, R19E, MDM, Washoe County, Nevada. The properties are located in the Galena-Steamboat
Citizen Advisory Board boundary and Washoe County Commission District No. 2. (APNs 046-190-12, 049-190-
13 and 046-190-14) Staff Representative: Trevor Lloyd, Senior Planner, 775.328.3620 Applicant/Property
Owner:Ted Gourley, Gourley Family Trust was available to address questions and concerns. Professional
Consultant, Melissa Lindell Wood Rodgers, Inc. was not in attendance. Tentatively scheduled for the Board of
Adjustment on December 4, 2008. MOTION: Ron Penrose moved to recommend denial of SB08-015 Gourley
Trust and direct staff to review this project for structural integrity and dam safety, jurisdictional permitting
authority, legitimacy of water rights, legal review by County legal staff regarding sanctions, pollution control
permits, flood controls and review of public comments. John McLelland seconded the motion. Mr. Penrose
added the request that staff provide a report and action plan to the CAB in on steps for public safety. John
McLelland seconded the addition. The motion carried with Dennis Wilson voting in opposition.
Comments and Concerns
• In response to concerns raised, Ms. Huggins assured the CAB and community that the excavation was done
to County Code although it was done without a permit.
• In response to questions raised, Sarah Tone stated that the staff report will not be written until the CAB has
reviewed the application and formed an opinion.
• Questions were raised whether the applicant was provided with a field inspection report. Mr. Gourley stated
that he hired NorTech.
• Ron Penrose asked that the report be forwarded to Washoe County staff. Ms. Huggins stated that Wood
Rodgers has the compaction report.
• In response to questions raised, Mr. Gourley stated that he did not contact Washoe County Air Quality
regarding dust controls.
• Robert Parker stated concern regarding the integrity of the dam. Mr. Parker stated that the State of Nevada
would inspect the dam. Mr. Parker stated that the water rights are for 14 acre feet per year. Mr. Parker also
stated concern that the area of the lake that has no circulation could present a health hazard. Mr. Parker
stated concern that the project was done without any permits or notification to the public. Mr. Parker
cautioned that since the applicant did not get the required permits for the project whether he would comply
with any restrictions that would be placed on the property.
• Roy King stated concern that the lake has doubled in size and the applicant cut down trees without a permit.
Mr. King stated that per aerial views of the stated diseased trees that were cut down, they did not look
• Ginger Pierce raised questions regarding the integrity of the dam should there be a seismic event.
• John McLelland stated opposition to the applicant doing the project without permits and inspections.
• Robert Parker stated that Washoe City is below the dam would be in danger of floods.
• Robert Parker provided letters from Dr. Joel G. and Ms. Sandra D. Verner, St. James Village, Terry Dolan
and John Marian for the record.
• Kip Seckington, St. James Village HOA read his statement into the record. Mr. S asked the CAB to
recommend denial of the SUP until such time that… and post a sufficient bond.
• Donna Peterson, home owner, board member and Neighborhood Watch/Emergency Coordinator in St.
James’s Village read her statement into the record. asked the CAB to recommend denial of the SUP until
such time that… and post a sufficient bond.
• Rick Riley, President HOA Jeffrey Pines stated that he contacted Washoe County on several occasions and
was told that the project would be looked into but that was never confirmed. Mr. Riley stated concern that a
dam collapse would be hazardous to adjacent residential properties. Mr. Riley noted that there has not been
any erosion controls and flood waters would channel into Joy Creek destroying bridges, roadways and private
property. Mr. Riley asked that the CAB recommend that the Special Use Permit be denied and that Washoe
County require that the lake be drained immediately prior to winter weather conditions.
• Paul Grace, President of Galena Pines Association asked how many acre feet the dam would hold before
water spills over the top. Mr. Grace reminded the audience of a retention basin in the Callahan Ranch area
that flooded several residential properties during a storm event.
• Jeff Quinn, St. James’s Village asked why Mr. Gourley why he proceeded with the project without permits and
what is in place at Washoe County to reprimand or fine violations.
• Mr. Gourley stated that there is a spillway on the dam and there is a maximum of 13 acre feet capacity. Mr.
Gourley stated that if the dam broke, it would only lose approximately 1 or 2 acre feet.
• Lynn Mundt stated that the concerns of residents be forwarded to Washoe County and there should be no
approvals given until property owners are assured that the project meets all specifications. Ms. Mundt stated
that a debris flow has been more damaging than just water flows.
• Concerns were raised regarding site work that has been done on the subject parcel along Brown’s Creek.
Mr. Goruley stated that the work done at the north end of the property has been permitted.
• Concerns were raised regarding the apparent practice of developers to violate the law be not obtaining
permits and ask for ‘forgiveness’ after the fact. Sarah Tone reviewed the process and also confirmed that
violators can be fined and possible serve jail time.
• In response to questions raised, Mr. Gourley stated that the primary reason for the lake is to be available to
fight wildfire.
• Concerns were raised regarding the amount of malfeasance of engineering firms who do not advise clients
that they need permits and also the lack of
Greg Bishoff, builder in St. James’s Village discussed the permit requirements and also the process for work
that has been done without a permit.
• Ms. Huggins was asked for the date that Wood Rodgers was hired to work on this project.
• Dennis Wilson recommended that the Attorney General be asked to deal with the legalities of the project and
would the Special Use Permit have been issues before this project was started. Mr. Wilson also stated that
there should be a form of penalization for completing this project without permits.
• Robert Penrose asked that the excavated dirt on-site be looked at by the Health Department for compliance
with dust controls.

Residents Urged To Attend SVAP Meeting

Jeff over at MtRoseScenicCorridor.com has been doing a great job getting the word out on current development events just over the hill to the north along the Mt Rose Highway. Topics include the “Forest Area PLan”, sprawl, an unpermitted dam that could endanger Washoe Valley, and developers who are delinquent on their taxes among other concerns. Those interested in the fate of Washoe Valley would do well to follow the concerns of our neighbors to the north as many issues we have are common to other areas of the county.

Jeff communicates via an email newsletter and to get on the list, email him at savemtrose@earthlink.net.

Our East Washoe Valley CAB chair sent the following information to Jeff regarding the South Valleys Area Plan (SVAP) status which we will reprint here:

BCC sent the SVAP back to staff to be re-drafted to meet certain conditions;
To meet with the SVAP working group and to work out an option for Weston that was between 15 and 176 units.
To state that there would be no TMSA moved into Washoe Valley
To make a statement that explained the RGB’s emphasis on northward growth and not southward
The planning staff came back with several options including the W/Gs (Washoe Valley Working Group) preference for an MDR zoning which is in keeping with the Rural Development Areas (Washoe Valley) guidlines.
The Planning Commission after hearing the options (and the viewpoints of Adrian Fruend)
chose the option with the most density, no buffer to prevent the incursion of the TMSA (we had hoped at least to make sure that no parcel extended into the Washoe Valley hydrographic basin with the intent of defeating the contiguity necessary to add more TMSA)
This option is actually somewhat vague as to what number of units can actually be accomplished but generally opts for 176 and would require TMSA.
Staff made no reference to the other two items except that Director Fruend emphasised that in his opinion the TMSA would be coming to Washoe Valley anyway and that it would not be a bad thing (ignoring the fact that it would then open the doors for further development)
After the ruling Chairman Weber gave a long condemnation of the W/G and the Washoe Valley residents for continuing to challenge the process and their rulings.
It is my understanding that though in it’s previous form the BCC (Board of County Commissioners) could not alter the PC’s (Planning Commission’s) recommentations, in it’s current form they can chose to alter the staff and PC’s recommendations regarding density should they desire.
Therefore it is important that all concerned citizens express their views, by whatever means possible ie: letters, emails, speaking at the BCC meeting on the 9th or just showing up there.
I’d be happy to answer whatever further questions you may have.
Thank you very much
Dave Harrison

November East WV CAB Meeting Notes

We have a new Sheriff’s Dpt. captain for the Washoe Valley area, Steven Kelly. He covers everything south of I-80.
Ginger Pierce, chair of Galena-Steamboat CAB, informed us about the enlarged Joy Lake caused by a large earthen dam built without any permits. The owner is Gourley. The county has not been able to enter the property since Feb., so was unaware of it. Ginger’s concern  was the dirt’s liquefaction into mud, which could happen in an earthquake. Already a substantial amount of earth has been removed. Gourley has a Special Use Permit scheduled to remove 150,000 SF of dirt Dec. 4th. The final step of the SVAP approval is on Dec. 9th (this will presumably be at a planning commission meeting but a check of the county website offers no meeting scedules or agendas past… yesterday. We’ll try to keep you posted-ed.)
Sarah Tone, County Community Laison, addressed Dumping Costs in Carson City.  She has contacted John Berkish who contacted the city manager concerning that issue.  Someone noticed there has been more dumping since WV citizens have to pay more. Dumping costs will be on December’s agenda.
Cheryl Surface from the Parks Dpt. will be on December’s agenda.  Concerns were raised that the non-motorized biking/hiking trail would also attract the ATV’s, which would scare the horses on the equestrian trail.  Fears were the trail would be too close to it.  Currently the horses & riders enjoy the peace & tranquility.  They are afraid this would be distroyed.
It was agreed there will be a happy B & B social from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM previous to the December 16th CAB meeting.

West WV CAB Notes

Nov. 3rd WWV CAB meeting at Fire Protection District at Bowers Mansion
Thor Dyson of NDOT reported on the I-580 saying the Galena Bridge should be completed in mid-December.  Then they would tear down all the supporting structure and move it to the North structure.  At this point he doesn’t think a detour is needed around construction of I-580 to complete it as originally thought.  The whole project should be completed in early 2011.  The colored sprayed stuff along the utility road cut is native hydro-seeding.
Residents are concerned about the 2 lane old 395 the trucks travel on when the freeway  is prohibited by wind or snow.  The traffic goes too fast, and may not be safer because that road gets high winds also, and residents driving between the trucks & freeway are blinded by the headlights on both sides at night.  Residents living along that road fear for their safety also.  Thor said he would look into these issues & will be back at their next meeting.
Ron Bell of the CAB wants the Carson Dump availability for WV residents (although closest and prettiest, they charge wv residents a $25.00 minimum-ed).  That will be on the next agenda.
Administrative Permit #AP08-003  for 4955 Old Highway 395, Jeff Bowen wants to construct a 39 ft. tall 9600 SF covered arena, and expansion into commercial stables offering boarding, maintenance, & training of no more than 20 horses.  The operation will offer daily riding lessons using boarded horses and no more than 3 people per lesson.  Concerns were the size and heighth of the building and the fact that it was commercial.  This was moved to the December’s agenda.
Ginger Pierce of Pleasant Valley stated that regarding the SVAP Weston had agreed to put all the houses on his land in the Pleasant Valley hydrographic basin north of the Washoe Valley basin.  This is to be addressed with the SVAP Wed. Nov. 5th at the Planning Commission meeting.
Bob Rusk went to the Planning Commission Caucus meeting tonight, then came to the meeting right after informing us what they talked about.  Bob said the WV Working Group thinks they should accept C, D, or E options for the Weston property with no TMSA.  He also asked for a TMSA clarification.
The Falcon Water Project application was reviewed by Vahid Behmaram, Dpt. of Water Resources.  Tom Hall, an attorney, stated the CC&R’s are for a residential lot, not for a commercial project, and basically said that was illegal.  Vahid illustrated Brown’s Creek’s natural flow is completely in the Pleasant Valley hydrographic basin.  As long as it feeds into the Steamboat Ditch, then into the Truckee River, that satisfies it’s recharge, & supposedly all legal water requirements.  Right now 25% of Brown’s Creek feeds Scripps NDOW wetlands, & that’s considered an import into the Washoe 
Valley basin.  This goes to the Board of Adjustment on Dec. 9th.  Bob Rusk is concerned about a large dam which has been constructed on Joy Lake.  Vahid said the owner would need a permit for that dam, & suggested calling the State Engineer’s office to find out about that.
By Ann York, laison of EWV CAB to WWV CAB

East WV CAB Notes

Oct. 21 EWV CAB meeting at NDF
Commissioner Humke was present at the meeting.  Usually he attends the Washoe
County Planning Commission on Tues. nights, but tonight’s meeting was quite short so he had time to come to ours.  He basically told us what went on at that meeting.
Derek Morse, RTC Deputy Director, provided a presentation regarding 2 ballot measures & urged all present to vote in favor of those, 1- Transportation funding for Washoe County streets and highway projects, & 2- Transportation funding for Washoe County mass transit.
Cheryl Surface, Washoe County Parks, informed us of 2 trailheads being worked on.  The first, the O’Brien property, has already been purchased, right below Galena Bridge.  The house will be removed within 90 days.  They will continue to work on a trail connection from Washoe Valley to the Callahan property in Galena.  The second is on approximately 118 acres in Ballardini Ranch.  Cheryl also stated $390,000 has been set aside specifically for trail improvements in Washoe Valley which has to be spent in the next few months or it will be lost.  She set out a tentative plan for a paved pedestrian and non-motorized bike trail from the south end of Eastlake Blvd. to the north end.  It would start paralleling along the south side of Eastlake Blvd. to the windy section where the park begins, then would go over a bridge to the north side of Eastlake, then follow the road, turn to the north to the 5 acre parcels.  There it would follow the fenceline west to the Scripps wetlands, turn to the north to Little Washoe lake behind the 5 acre parcels.  It was clarified that it would be far enough from the existing equestrian trail which also follows the road through there, so the horses wouldn’t get spooked by the bikes, and would both be far enough from Eastlake itself for safety’s sake.  Cheryl said there’s plenty of room out there.  Most of us thought it was a good plan a lot of us could enjoy.
By Ann York, EWV CAB

West Washoe CAB Meets on Monday the 3rd

The West WVCAB will meet on Monday, November third at the Bowers VFD at 7pm to discuss fire safety, NDOT, the possible diversion of Brown’s Creek and the construction of a 9600 square foot horse arena near William Brent Drive and Old Highway 395 among other items according to the agenda.