Master Plan Update 2016



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 2016 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, 2016. 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.

Upcoming Douglas County Planning Commission Meetings

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Master Plan Workshop on Draft Master Plan Elements

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Final action on the Master Plan Update

Upcoming Board of Commissioners Meetings

Monday, September 18, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Special Meeting for final action on Master Plan Amendments only.
 Monday, December 4, 2017  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Final action on the Master Plan Update.

Draft 2016 Master Plan Update Chapters

The following Chapters are available for review and comment:  County Profile
Agriculture Element
Conservation Element Economic Development Element
Growth Management Element
Historic Preservation Element
Housing Element
Land Use Element
Parks and Recreation Element
Public Facilities and Services Element
Public Safety Element
Implementation Element

Submit Comments

Please submit comments no later than October 3, 2017. Please contact Candace H. Stowell, AICP at 775- 580-7478 or via email for any questions.

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