The following letter was featured in the January 24th issue of Reno Journal Gazette. Thanks to Adrian Argyris of Verdi for getting the word out!
The city of Reno has approved development on annexed Verdi land where assurance had been provided that water service would be through TMWA.
The city tossed out this guarantee with the approval of Meridian 120 North’s development, where water to the 273 homes will be provided by a privately owned and operated water system that will pump the underground aquifer and store it in 1-million-plus-gallon water tanks.
The Truckee River Basin is one of 45 basins in Nevada that are over appropriated — meaning there are more water rights on paper than there is water in the ground.
The aquifer is going down. The conveyance is used up. Groundwater does not stay in one place. It flows down and out.
A well drilled to 100 feet will be sucked dry by a well drilled to 1,000 feet.
It’s hydrology 101. It is not a question of “if” but “when” the domestic wells in the area are sucked dry.
Adrian Argyris, Verdi
Results from the January 13th City of Reno meeting are below:
M.1 – Meridian 120 North Development
Council heard an appeal in the case of Meridian 120 North and its request for a: 1) tentative map to develop a 273 lot single family residential subdivision; and 2) special use permits (SUPs) for: a) cluster development; and b) cuts of 20 feet or more and fills of 10 feet or more. Council unanimously approved to affirm Planning Commission’s approval (denying the appeal and approving the Tentative Map and SUPs) with modifications that include a disclosure to the future property owners that their water system (which is proposed to be private) may, at some future time, be annexed into a public utility which could result in cost changes; and a signage and striping plan that would improve traffic safety. The ±102.1 acre site is located along the north side of I-80, west of the terminus of Boomtown Garson Road and south of South Verdi Road.
Full details of the meeting can be downloaded here. NOTE: Topic M1 (Meridian 120 North Development) takes place at time stamp 5:59 in the video (following topic M2). Also, time stamp 6:27 has some great comments from Commissioner Jardon regarding plans to update Verdi’s plan.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Hope this email finds you happy and healthy after this Holiday season!
As of our last update in December, the Meridian 120 North Development was to go before the City of Reno Planning Commission 12/3/15. This was in regards to a 273 unit ‘cluster’ housing development to the east of Boomtown. The commission did approve the development, however, some long standing Verdi residents as well as councilwoman Jenny Brekhus filed appeals to this decision. As many may be aware, there is a special hearing scheduled this coming Wednesday 1/13/16 at 6:00pm to discuss the concerns expressed (notice attached). From what we gather, water, is the main concern (as it should be). There are additional concerns, which we have expressed via email to our City Council, they include: water, school overcrowding and access to and from the development via the Garson overpass. We absolutely encourage you to email and/or attend this Council hearing also to express any concerns you may have in regards to this development as well as support those residents this negatively impacts.
Sierra County is visiting and considering additional fire protection for our area and have sent notices to Sierra County Residents that there will be a community meeting held 1/27/16 at the Verdi Elementary School. We will send an additional email prior to this date with more particulars as they become available to us (if you have the notification please share this information with us so we can inform others).
We received confirmation December 16th that the Washoe County Library Board approved a change in the Verdi Library operating hours starting January 4th. Wednesday operating hours will be changed (from 3pm-6pm) to 2:30-5:30pm. This aligns with the School’s 2:30pm dismissal time on Wednesday’s and should improve usage as well as assist in keeping it open and in operation. THANK YOU to everyone that put efforts towards this important resource!
Lastly, we continue efforts to follow up on information pertaining to the 39 Ventures Clean up, establishing communication with our Washoe County commission and researching what might be done in regards to Traffic Calming on Highway 40.
As always, thank you for your continued support and involvement in our community. Please feel free to contact us should you have comments, concerns, suggestions, etc. Should you prefer to NOT receive these updates in the future please just let us know.
Verdi Community Council
Reno City Planning Commission Hearing
12/3/2015 6:00 PM
Reno City Council Chamber, One East First Street, Reno, NV 89501
Please attend this meeting if you want your voice heard. This is a dense-population development that is planned right in the middle of Verdi that is going before the Reno City Planning Commission for approval. Links applying to this hearing are available at the link below:
Meeting Details (see item 8.5.)