IVGID GM’s corner: Setting the record straight on Diamond Peak
October 15, 2014
The past few issues of the Bonanza have included a number of letters expressing concern about the Diamond Peak Master Plan. Apparently, I've been doing a really poor job of communicating the status of the Plan.
Today, I'd like to set the record straight. A Master Plan document has been prepared and released by the SE Group. Nothing in the document has been implemented, no planning process has begun, and no permits have been applied for. It has been presented on a number of occasions to the community and the Board of Trustees.
Here is the current status of the plan: On September 10, the IVGID Board of Trustees received the Diamond Peak Master Plan and directed staff to come back with a scope of work to further investigate the Plan. On November 12, I will bring back a proposed scope of work and a list of members to serve on a Steering Committee.
The Steering Committee would include residents that represent a broad array of community interests. All of the meetings are open to the public. The Committee will conduct a very detailed, deliberate analysis of every aspect of the proposed Master Plan. Experts will be tasked with looking at all possible environmental impacts of the project, including traffic, parking, life safety, habitat, and noise.
“... Nothing new is going to happen at Diamond Peak until we do an exhaustive, thorough analysis that has been relentlessly presented to the community.”
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An independent evaluation will be done of the financial and market viability of the proposed uses. Most importantly, community forums will be held to help define the community's values — values that will be critical in determining what aspects of the plan are consistent with what we'd like our community to look like in the future.
In other words, nothing new is going to happen at Diamond Peak until we do an exhaustive, thorough analysis that has been relentlessly presented to the community. And I will not be bringing anything back to the Board of Trustees that is not in the best interest of the citizens of Incline Village.
There is no deadline for completing this analysis. The analysis will be done when we've answered all the questions and come up with a proposed Plan that ensures the future viability of Diamond Peak AND is reflective of our community values.
Like any Master Plan, the current document is a starting point and not an "all or nothing" proposal, as is claimed in many of the letters. Nor is it "steamrolling" forward or getting "railroaded" through the Board of Trustees. Nor will there be a "stacked" steering committee, and I can assure you I won't be "blowing smoke" when I meet with homeowners associations or community groups.
I also don't have a "vested interest" in getting the plan adopted. I have a vested interest in doing what is best for our community. That means responsibly managing our assets in a way that is consistent with our community values — a subject I discussed in great detail in my last Bonanza column.
I'm also not attempting to defend the Master Plan in this column. I'm agnostic when it comes to the specific elements of the plan. What I am defending is the need to have a fact-based, objective, inclusive and deliberate dialogue about the future of Diamond Peak.
I can understand the anxiety many of the letter writers have expressed. Incline Village/Crystal Bay provides a quality of life that few communities can offer. I don't blame anyone for jealously fighting to preserve the characteristics that make this community special. I am attempting to preserve this community as well. Responsibly managing our assets is a key element in keeping IV/CB a great place to live.
My experience has shown that remaining static and continuing to always do things the way they have been done before greatly increases the chances of NOT preserving your quality of life. The process that I am proposing provides the detailed analysis and community feedback necessary to ensure that we won't be making any changes that would negatively impact our community.
Bottom line: The Board of Trustees has not approved any programs or projects at Diamond Peak, and WILL NOT even consider any changes until the Master Plan has been vetted by the community.
I hope that each and every one of you — especially those of you who took the time out of your day to pen your letters to the Bonanza — will get involved in the community process. I will be using this venue and many others to publicize all of the opportunities to get feedback on the Master Plan.
— "GM's Corner" is a twice-monthly column from Incline Village General Improvement Distinct General Manager Steve Pinkerton, who will discuss issues and offer updates regarding various district matters.