the Ballardini Ranch
Preservation of the Entire Ranch (Option 1) is the only solution
In 2000 the voters approved $4
million in a public vote to assist in the acquisition of the entire
We urge the Washoe County Commissioners,
consistent with the near unanimous support of our public citizens, to
acquire the entire 1,019-acre Ballardini Ranch, using any and all legal
tools that are appropriate.
If the entire Ballardini Ranch
is not acquired by the public but is developed in the densities previously
sought by the current owner, those densities would require Skyline Boulevard,
McCarran Boulevard, and Ridgeview Drive to be widened, causing a traffic
Allowing the owners to develop
even a portion of the ranch would leave only one access point for the
public, at Ridgeview Drive, which would severely impact those residents.
The entire ranch is needed to provide
adequate food for the wildlife during the winter months.
Aside from the Minnesota Developer,
which owns the property, there has been no stated opposition by anyone
to saving Ballardini Ranch.
must act now
An individual has offered to loan
the County $20 million, on flexible and favorable terms, to augment
the $4 million to acquire the entire Ballardini Ranch, making approximately
$24 million available for purchase.
The recently released staff report
of Washoe County states that the entire Ballardini Ranch has been appraised
at approximately $19 million.
This is a unique opportunity and
we must act without delay while it's possible to pay the fair market
Senator Reid and Congressman Gibbons
are fighting to secure federal funds, and believe they can secure federal
funds, for the county to repay the loan to the private lender, if the
County wishes to obtain such funds.
Located between South McCarran
Boulevard and ArrowCreek along the eastern slope of the Sierras, the
Ballardini Ranch has long been sought by the public, supported by elected
officials, as a critical piece of the open space puzzle to be implemented
along the western foothills of the Truckee Meadows.
A plan has been envisioned for
many years to link approximately 1,400 acres of property dedicated by
the Redfield/ArrowCreek with the 1,019-acre Ballardini Ranch. The two
properties, upon acquisition for public use, would provide approximately
2,500 contiguous acres of majestic, serene, and a completely unique
haven for deer and other critical wildlife, and, of course, for people,
the most important of who are our future generations.
The Ballardini Ranch is an extraordinarily
beautiful, environmentally pristine parcel, rich with Nevada's heritage,
which provides tremendous access for our citizens to the U.S. Forest
Service and the mountains to the west, access which is unparalleled
by any other land in the Truckee Meadows.
Efforts have been made to negotiate
with the current owner of the Ballardini Ranch, Evans Creek LLC, a Minnesota
entity, but all such efforts have been completely unsuccessful.
The benefits of preserving Ballardini Ranch
Provides unprecedented access to
the U.S. Forest lands and some of the most scenic mountains in the West.
An incredibly beautiful, peaceful,
and serene location for all forms of recreation: hiking; cross-country
skiing; horseback riding; youth activities; camping; photography; and
wildlife viewing. .
A permanent, critical refuge for
preservation of the remaining deer population.
Provides justification for the
dedication of the 1,400 acres by the ArrowCreek Development that, without
the Ballardini Ranch, is insufficient to protect the deer herd.
Establish a trail from Hunter Lake
to Bartley Ranch.
Preserve this ranch for our children
and their children.