During a five-hour hearing, the panel voted 3-2 to permit the hotel towers on the 23-acre site on the county’s northern border with Carson City. Baer has insisted the towers and derrick are vital to the success of his $100 million project.
The towers vote and negotiations could open the way for final approval. Planning commissioners had approved a special-use permit and zoning to allow the casino.
Commissioner Kelly Kite, who voted for the towers, said he hoped the revenue from the Beverly Hillbillies Mansion & Casino would prevent property tax increases.
A survey by the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Authority showed popular approval for the project, executive director Jenney Sartin said.