IVGID begins 18-month process to upgrade Community Services Master Plan
Special to the Bonanza
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — More than 100 people showed up to the informal IVGID Community Services Master Plan Workshop held at the Chateau on November 30.
Guests were treated to light refreshments and a quick presentation about what the Community Services Master Plan is all about, followed by stations featuring maps, comment cards, and staff helping to answer any questions.
IVGID Community Services Director Sharon Heider said that this is the first of two community workshops, with the next one set to be held next summer.
This 18-month-long process of master planning and community outreach for the future of IVGID community services will hopefully be molded into a final plan that can be adopted by the board in fall/winter 2017.
“The idea for this is to find out what you — the community — wants as its services,” says Heider. “This is to talk about what to prioritize … We want you to assess our facilities and tell us what works and what doesn’t.”
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
Working mainly with Design Workshop, a local landscape architecture and planning firm with over 45 years experience, other IVGID partners include Lloyd Civil & Sports Engineering consultants (who worked on the 2015/16 Tennis Center Facilities Assessment and Master Plan), BRS Architecture, Ballard King & Associates Ltd., and NRC. All organizations have extensive expertise in community planning and research.
“The last IVGID Master Plan was completed back in 2000. A lot of improvements were made throughout the years, but no one thought of activities such as disc golf and pickleball,” Heider says.
She added that a new dynamic, flexible plan is needed to serve as a roadmap for the future of IVGID services.
As workshop attendees signed in, they were given a keypad polling remote that they could use to cast votes and instantaneously see the results of the room as questions were asked throughout the presentation.
Out of the 100 interactive vote casters in the room, here are some results from the instantaneous, although not official, polls:
89 percent of attendees own a home in Incline Village.
98 percent live in Incline Village/Crystal Bay full-time.
51 percent of the room was male.
56 percent of the room was at least 65 years of age or older.
72 percent have used IVGID facilities/services 25 times or more in the last 12 months.
The top three services used: Beaches at 36 percent, Diamond Peak at 14 percent, and the Village Green and Golf Courses were tied for third at 11 percent.
Top three facilities to focus on in the Master Plan: Recreation Center at 27 percent, with Diamond Peak and the Beaches tied at 20 percent.
48 percent of the audience rated the overall quality of IVGID’s services as “good,” while 30 percent rate IVGID as “excellent.”
On a scale from 1-10 on how likely people would be to recommend IVGID services, most people rated IVGID a “10.”
In the next phase of the Master Plan timeline, Design Workshop will be working with NRC to send out statistically valid surveys, using a variety of resources to get a good local cross sample.
“Part of (going to the IVGID Community Services MP workshop) was out of curiosity and to see what’s going on in town,” says Incline Village resident Connie Love.
Love moved to Incline Village in March 2016 and quickly began utilizing Diamond Peak, the golf courses and the beaches.
“I haven’t been everywhere yet, but this community outreach is really important,” she says. “My major in college was community recreation, so this resonates with me.”
Another Incline Village local, Gordon Meyer, said, “I came here to find out more about community services.” He added that he utilizes Diamond Peak, the beaches/boat ramp and the Recreation Center the most and would like to see IVGID follow through on the Diamond Peak Master Plan.
“I would love to see the backside of Diamond Peak open up,” Meyer said. “This turnout is fantastic; the open layout lends itself to more conversation. This is great implementation with the voting and seeing instantaneous results.
“I wish more younger people were here represented, though.”
Design Workshop Principal Stephanie Grigsby agreed and said that hopefully the survey going out early next year will reach those who couldn’t make it to the Nov. 30 workshop.
“This is a great turnout. It shows that people are really passionate about their community services. I like the community engagement piece of this plan and learning how you can better yourself with these really great resources,” Grigsby said.
The Nov. 30 IVGID Community Services Master Plan presentation will soon be available online at http://www.yourtahoeplace.com, according to the district.
Kayla Anderson is an Incline Village-based freelance writer with a background in marketing and journalism. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.