A high sierra environment, Washoe County benefits from a variety of flora including pine trees
A high sierra environment, Washoe County benefits from a variety of flora including pine trees

What is the Master Plan?
The Washoe County Master Plan, as required by state statute, includes countywide elements, area plans, and a number of more detailed plans (e.g. specific plans, community plans, joint plan). The Master Plan is used to determine the most desirable location of each type of development. The plan has policies and maps designated to define development suitability and conserve natural resources (e.g. protect critical environmental areas, define water resources, enhance visual and scenic corridors, etc.). It also includes growth forecasts as well as policies and maps reflecting desires related to land uses and transportation. Finally, the Master Plan has standards and maps to guide provision of public services and facilities. The public services and facilities are implemented through the Capital Improvements Program.

The Master Plan is contained in three volumes. Volume One contains elements that have general applicability throughout the County. Volume Two contains area plans covering each of the County planning areas. Volume Three contains the specific plans, community plans and joint plans contained within the various planning areas.

The Community Services Department, Planning and Development Division is responsible for maintaining and updating the Master Plan in response to changing conditions, legislative direction and new policy direction established by the community.

For questions regarding the Master Plan, contact Planning and Development at 775.328.6100.