Master Plan Update 2016


The 2016 Douglas County Master Plan Update is Now Underway

During 2016, the Community Development Department will be working with residents, businesses, property owners, and community organizations to prepare the five-year update to the County’s Master Plan. There will be many opportunities for public input throughout the update process.


The Douglas County Master Plan provides guidance on the location of different types of development in order to protect public health, safety, and welfare. The Master Plan includes eleven different elements such as Land Use, Housing, and Transportation, as well as a five-year action plan to address specific development and quality of life issues within the County. The current Douglas County Master Plan was first adopted in April 1996 and was last updated in 2011. At a joint workshop on February 9, 2016, the Board of Commissioners and the Planning Commission gave direction to staff.  The minutes of the workshop are available here.

Community Workshops 

The public participation process began in June with Master Plan Community Workshops. The presentation from the Community Workshops may be viewed here.  A summary of comments from the four Community Workshops may be viewed here. Workshop attendees completed questionnaires concerning the existing goals for their community plans.  The questionnaire responses may be viewed here.

Master Plan Survey Results

The 2016 Master Plan Survey collected 898 responses and ran from June 2 to July 31. The survey report may be viewed here.

A live business poll was conducted at the Critical Issues Conference on September 29, 2016. The executive summary may be viewed here.

Master Plan Amendment Requests

Property owners have submitted several Master Plan Amendment requests.  The summary report provides information on the requests.  An updated status list on the Master Plan Amendments is now available.

Planning Commission Workshop - June 6-7, July 18-19

The Douglas County Planning Commission will hold a workshop on the 2016 Master Plan, including proposed Master Plan Amendments, on June 6 and 7.  The workshop will continue to July 18-19.   Public comments received through May 31 are available for review.

The following Chapters are available for review and comment: County Profile, the Agriculture Element, the Conservation Element, the Growth Management Element, the Historic Preservation Element, the Housing Element, and the Land Use Element.  

Submit Comments on Draft Elements

To submit your comments, please use this PDF Fillable comment sheet.  Comments should be submitted no later than August 4, 2017. Please contact Candace H. Stowell, AICP at 775- 580-7478 or via email for any questions.

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