On December 19, 2014, the National Defense Authorization Act (Act) was signed in to law (Public Law 113-291.) Included in this Act is Section 3009(c) titled, "conveyance to the City of Fernley, Nevada," which is commonly referred to as the "Lands Bill." Under section 309 (c)(2), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is required to convey to the City of Fernley approximately 9,779 acres of Public Lands.
On November 2, 2016, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been executed which establishes a relationship between BLM and the City regarding their respective roles, responsibilities, conditions, and procedures for land conveyance, which includes compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and any other federal law(s) applicable to the project.
The MOU provides guidelines for projects moving forward, particularly economic development projects. This agreement outlines the specific steps needed and will help establish a guideline when coordinating with developers interested in projects within the designated areas.
On November 6, 2019, City Council authorized City staff to move forward with identified parcels in the Fernley Lands Bill for recreation and public purpose.