Debunking the Myth of Developing New Homes

By Rick Hsu

The FOA is scaring homeowners into believing that it will sell to a developer who will build more homes if we vote down the golf course purchase. There are daunting obstacles for a developer to build homes on the golf course properties.

First, Washoe County approved the ArrowCreek subdivision as Development Agreement 9-1-93 (DA9-1-93), which is now an actual County Ordinance (Ordinance No. 963). To build more homes, the developer would need to apply to the County to amend the Development Agreement. DA9-1-93 was approved with a maximum of 1,090 home sites (we now have 1,086), and the golf course land is not zoned for residential use. Therefore, developing the golf course land would require:

  • An increase of density and allowable home sites;
  • A change in the Washoe County Master Plan; and
  • A change in the regulatory zoning.


Second, Article VII of the CC&Rs burdens the golf course properties by giving the golf course owner membership votes and requiring the owner to pay dues for golf course use of common areas. To build more homes, the developer would need to amend the CC&Rs, which requires a 50%+1 vote of all homeowners. Homeowners have the right to veto any future development of golf course properties requires.

Conclusion: Voting “No” to the golf course purchase will NOT lead to the development of new homes. There is probably less than a 1% chance of overcoming the obstacles above.

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4 Responses to Debunking the Myth of Developing New Homes

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  3. Bob Kirtley says:

    The detailed conceptual plan for what is now ArrowCreek was submitted to Washoe County in September of ’93. The proposal was prepared by CFA Inc. CFA is an engineering and consulting firm providing services to private and public sector clients throughout northern Nevada and California in planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering, hydrologic & hydraulic engineering, surveying, and mapping. After CFA’s exhaustive studies, it took a 2500+ page file and numerous meetings with several county and state departments to approve the Final Development Agreement. Final approval was issued in July of 1996. I count 33-34 months from submission to approval (page 1031). The webmaster has provided a link above at DA9-1-93.

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  4. Margaret Mcconnell says:

    Rick, thank you for clearly laying out the reasons the ArrowCreek homeowners do NOT have to worry about the golf course being developed into additional homesites.

    It is sad that the Board is using this scare tactic and that is just what it is; the Board is trying to force homeowners here to purchase a ton of ‘dirt’ which will end up becoming a bottomless money pit for which we’ll be liable.

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