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Subdivision at center of Spring Mountain development

When the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission meets today, Spring Mountain Raceway LLC will be on the agenda seeking a map change allowing a 77-parcel subdivision located on the south and east borders of the raceway property, and to merge and redivide 194 acres.

The bulk acreage will be divided into four parcels, one totaling 191 acres with the remainder divided into three residential lots to accommodate housing for security personnel.

All of the undeveloped property was rezoned to Heavy Industrial (HI) in July 2007, where minimum lot size should be at least one acre. The lot sizes in the proposed subdivision range from 10,000 square feet to 23,995 square feet and will require a master plan amendment and a zoning change to village residential (VR) before the project can break ground. The VR zoning allows lot sizes of 10,000 square feet minimum.

Before approval and pursuant to NRS 278.349 consideration is given to environmental and health laws including providing water and sewer disposal. The RPC agenda backup states the development will be provided with private water and sewer service. It also states the developer will incur the cost of bringing power to the project.

The statute also requires a secondary means of access to the subdivision.

Russ Meads of Double M Construction is acting as agent to the RPC and builder for the raceway owners and said he fully expects the project to be approved. “The one thing that has been inhibiting the development of the property is the lack of water and sewer,” he said. “It’s key. Once this plan is approved, it will trigger the installation of those utilities and allow them to move forward with other projects.”

Meads said he’s spent 10 years working with the raceway owners to get some of the projects started. “Once we get the water and sewer in, there are plans to move forward with a hotel and retail space.” He said unlike the current amenities, which are open to members only, the hotel and retail space will be open to the public and front on Highway 160. “It will be just like checking into a hotel in town and taking a trip to Walmart.”

Meads said he fully expects construction to be underway by February 2014 and “go vertical” over the summer. “We’ve been working on this for a long time.”

The construction is broken into three phases and, according to Meads, will put 280 tradespeople back to work. Meads said although some of his employees had to move when the economy, especially the construction industry, took a downturn in 2007, he has been in touch with them. “They may be in other places, but will jump at the chance to come back here. It’s home.”

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