The 45 acres that are left of the old Anderson Ranch west of Mountain Street will soon stop growing tumbleweeds and start growing very expensive, tightly packed-together homes on very small lots – much to the disappointment of many nearby neighbors. Thursday night the Carson City Board of Supervisors, on a 4 to 1 vote, approved a 203 home subdivision on the property because the Supervisors said that the city’s land use ordinances allow such a project to be built there.
Neighbors like Maxine Nietz decried the decision pointing out that the new subdivision will change the character of their traditional, if not historical neighborhood into something resembling Los Angeles urban sprawl. Since Carson City’s land use regulations allows such a project, it opens the door to a similar decision if any builder wanted to construct another tightly-packed subdivision somewhere else on the west side.
None-the-less, more home construction was supported by others who said Carson City’s housing market is financially straining many families and that the city knows that building homes, condos and apartments could help moderate housing prices.
Meanwhile many long-time Carson City residents lament what they call “an erosion of Carson City’s trademark small town historical ambiance.” Several Supervisors noted that a number of city land use laws haven’t been revised in quite a while so it may be time to investigate possible regulatory changes to better preserve Carson City’s historical integrity before it’s too late.