Letter to the Editor: Thoughts on Diamond Peak Master Plan
August 21, 2014
It is laudable to create a master plan for our community that enhances our recreational activities and generates revenue.
However, the updated Diamond Peak Master Plan completely alters the character of our residential neighborhoods and remodels Incline Village into a year-round resort town. It also makes us investors in tourism ventures that may not be desired and may not succeed.
After reviewing this expensive and extensive study, I was surprised to discover that an equally comprehensive query of what Incline Village taxpayers envision for our community was not undertaken.
It would certainly be helpful to have a snapshot of resident satisfaction with our current recreational facilities, along with each facility's profit and loss, and IVGID's plans to increase efficiency, profitability and customer service.
That would certainly be my starting point before initiating a four phase multi-year plan with a hefty price tag and unknown liabilities.
What amount of debt are Incline Village taxpayers willing to underwrite, and how many years of lost revenue and use of Diamond Peak is acceptable?
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Do we want to become a mini-Squaw Valley and emulate its congestion, capital intensive infrastructure and overhead?
Or do we want to improve and preserve our winter and summer paradise? Just asking.