2020 Master Plan

Master Plan

FINAL VERSION - 2020 Master Plan
Posted March 26, 2021
Approved by BOCC December 9, 2020  
Click here for an interactive viewer containing all maps within the 2020 Master Plan.

Documents Referenced in the 2020 Master Plan Update:
1. Land Use & Historic Preservation
2018 Minden and Gardnerville Plan for Prosperity
Nevada Historic Preservation Plan 2020-2028
Nevada State Register of Historic Places
NV Certified Local Government Handbook

3. Economic Development
2013 Valley Vision
5. Public Facilities, Services, and Recreation

2017 Transportation Plan (Adopted 2019)


In 2019 the Board of County Commissioners updated the land use maps for Douglas County. In 2020 the Board worked with the Planning Commission and Staff to update the Master Plan text including, but not limited to, the goals and objectives contained in each of the Master Plan Elements (Chapters). The Master Plan text provides additional guidance on the long term development of the County (over the next 10-20 years). The text defines current issues and needs in the community. It contains high level goals and objectives to meet those defined needs and actions to achieve the same.

The Douglas County Master Plan was first adopted in April 1996 and was last updated in 2011. The current update was started after a joint workshop in February 2016 and was approved by the Planning Commission but never adopted by the Board of Commissioners. At a joint Board of Commissioners/Planning Commission Workshop in March of 2020 direction was given to staff to update the text portion of the Master Plan. Pursuant to direction provided at this joint workshop, the existing thirteen chapters/elements of the approved 2011 Master Plan were combined and reduced to eight chapters/elements as part of this update.

Public Hearings

On August 11, 2020 a joint Board of Commissioners and Planning Commission workshop was held virtually due to COVID-19 and Governor Sisolak's directives on public meetings. 

October 20th and 21st, 2020- Planning Commission Meetings to consider first draft of the proposed goals, policies and actions for the 2020 Master Plan text update. 

November 4th, 10th and 17th, 2020- Planning Commission Meeting to consider the draft elements and  recommend adoption of the 2020 Master Plan text update. 

December 9th, 2020 - Board of County Commissioners Meeting to consider the draft elements and recommend adoption of the 2020 Master Plan text update. 

Click HERE to view the agenda and packet for the meetings listed above.  

2020 Community Workshops

Public workshops were held at the Douglas County Community Center on September 9 & 11, 2020. These interactive, socially distanced workshops, offered both in person and virtually online, and provided residents of Douglas County and stakeholders with an opportunity to have a voice in shaping the future direction of the community. Attendees were be able to ask questions and voice their opinions. 

September 9, 2020 | Click here to view the Master Plan Workshop Presentation

September 11, 2020 | Click here to view the Master Plan Workshop Presentation

HERE to review the results from our survey. 

Submit Questions

Please submit any questions to planning@douglasnv.us or 775-782-6217.

Title VI Implementation Plan

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance. Specifically, Title VI provides that “no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance (42 U.S.C. Section 2000d).

The Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 clarified the intent of Title VI to include all programs and activities of Federal-aid recipients, and or contractors whether those programs and activities are Federally funded or not.

Executive Order 13166 placed renewed emphasis on Title VI issues, to ensure meaningful and equal access in programs and activities to persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP).

Recipients of public transportation funding from Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), are required to develop policies, programs, and practices that ensure Federal Transit dollars are used in a manner that is nondiscriminatory as required under Title VI.

This document details how the Douglas County incorporates nondiscrimination policies and practices in providing services to the public.