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It looks like Dwight Millard’s plans for a sports complex has hit a wall

Proposed sports field on Morgan Mill Road east of Empire Ranch Road.  (Google Maps)

Local developer Dwight Millard Wednesday evening ran into a brick wall – the Carson City Planning Commission.  Millard and his staff appeared before the commission and tried to convince them that the northwest corner of the Empire Ranch Golf Course should be the place for a large recreation complex for inside and outside sports – complete with night lighting and noisy, cheering crowds attending football, soccer and maybe even baseball games.

The neighbors on the phone to the planning commission repeated over and over about what a bad neighbor a noisy sports center would be, especially right next to the golf course as well as to the Empire Ranch neighborhood.  Citizen callers to the planning commission were adamant that the sports center would disrupt the peace and quiet of the area – many neighbors saying they didn’t move to Empire Ranch just to hear lots of noise and be subjected to bright lights for evening games.

Although a couple of Millard’s supporters at his office said they could be flexible about the number of playing fields, resident callers to the planning commission again pointed to the fact that there would still be noisy and crowded sporting events that they never expected to have to endure.

In the end the planning commission decided that Millard’s plans were very premature and needed a lot of work.  They recommended that Millard withdraw his current application from the planning commission.  But Millard and his employees decided to let the situation float until they can figure out opportunities that would work for the property.  The next bite of the apple may take some time if it happens at all.

A couple of other points, the land in question is right off Morgan Mill Road, a very narrow and poorly maintained stretch of roadway.  It’s crumbling from near Empire Ranch Road and quite a ways to the east.  There are no sidewalks and pedestrians sometimes take their lives in their own feet just walking alongside the edge of the crumbling pavement.  Definitely not safe for pedestrians.  Parking along-side Morgan Mill Road doesn’t appear to be feasible.

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