Rendija Canyon Master Plan could be revived

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By Jennifer Garcia

After a two-year hiatus, the Rendija Canyon Master Plan is having life breathed into it once again.

On Tuesday night, during the county council meeting Community Development Director Rick Bohn will give councilors a briefing on the master plan.

A portion of the canyon containing approximately 884 acres, excluding an area currently known as the Sportsmen’s Club and the “Poor Man’s Shooting Range,” is scheduled to be transferred from the Department of Energy, who currently owns the land, to the county, possibly in September, but no later than 2012.

This isn’t the first time that plans for Rendija Canyon have been discussed. According to County Planner Paul Belson, there was a master plan done in 1987, which called for housing to be built in the canyon.

However, people used the property for various activities such as hiking, biking and horseback riding. They believed the land should be used as open space, so the intense development that was originally planned was put on hold.

In 2005, councilors reviewed the 1987 master plan and decided that it no longer reflected the wishes of council and wanted staff to look again at the plan. As a result of staff revisiting the plan, several public meetings were held in 2007.

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