CC Planning Commission votes “no” on city paying for street upkeep on new horseshoe-shaped development.
A new housing development planned for an empty spot at College Parkway and North Emerson ran into a rough patch Wednesday evening before the Carson City Planning Commission. The commission basically voted “no” on the project over uncertainty as to who is going to pay for the streets upkeep.
Normally major housing developments build their houses and the city pays for the upkeep of the streets. But in the case of the College Parkway and Emerson project, which is quite small as subdivisions go, the developer wants city taxpayers to cover the year-after-year maintenance costs even though the pavement loop serves only a tiny amount of houses. In fact the developer had originally agreed that the project’s homeowner’s association could handle the upkeep. But – they all changed their minds – too few houses and too high a bill, they said.
The developer eventually managed to make a deal with the Board of Supervisors that the developer would install the looping street and maintain it. But then the developer changed his mind. The homeowners’ association also chimed in saying there weren’t enough houses to support the debt to keep the road up to city standards. Up to ten years, probably.
The Board of Supervisors who had earlier given the project a tentative ‘thumbs up” will now have to give the project the OFFICIAL “thumbs up” to get the project out of the barn along with an agreement that the supervisors will advance the money to the homeowners association for a slurry seal on their loop road when it’s need sometime in the future.
Left on the table is the question: what will happen when other builders of small “loop drive-thru” projects want the same deal? It’s no secret that the city is low on street construction and maintenance money. Some years back, a desperate Board of Supervisors put a measure on the ballot requesting Carson City voters agree to raise the local gas tax because city streets were getting really old and bumpy. Unfortunately the voters said no. And…that’s why Carson City’s streets are beginning to look like the streets of Tijuana.
The issue will no doubt be back before the voters in the near future – obviously after the world wide bout is over with the Covid-19 virus.