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.

Draft Chapters Available for Review

The draft County Profile Chapter and the Agriculture Element are available for public review and comment. Additional draft Master Plan Elements will be uploaded in the coming months.  The Douglas County Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners will hold public hearings on the Master Plan in 2017.

Submit Comments 
To submit your Comments and Suggestions on the  Douglas County Master Plan, please contact Candace H. Stowell, AICP at 775- 580-7478 or via email.

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