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Verdi Community Update: July 26, 2016

As we move into the heat of the summer, we hope this newsletter finds you well and safe!

Here are a few updates on issues in Verdi. We assemble these from activities, County and City permit filings and meetings with people hoping to move into our community. If you find an issue the Verdi residents would like to hear about please send them our way.

Our last update invited everyone to a meeting put on by the City of Reno at Boomtown which was held Saturday May 21st. There were over 100 residents in attendance and the City has updated their email database with those present to receive updates. City Staff presented a basic area plan as it currently exists, explained the “sphere of influence” (what it allows and does not allow), and touched briefly on their internal role/process as development projects are presented. They set up “break out” groups for presentations including: Transportation, Public Safety, Water/Sewer and Schools. The forwarded email below is what has been provided as a recap. If you were unable to attend please feel free to email Barbara DiCianno at the email listed below should you like to be included on future City email updates.

Unfortunately the State water engineer did not make the meeting, which was obviously one of the greatest “of interest” items for our residents. Councilmember Jardon requested the State Water Engineer’s Office present information related to Verdi and water allocation. Representatives from the State Water Engineer’s office will make that presentation to City Council at the Wednesday, July 27 City Council meeting. The meeting begins at 10am and the item is J.4 on the agenda, entitled:

“Presentation regarding the allocation of water to various projects and the process the state uses to allocate and monitor water rights and groundwater supplies, including development proposals in the Verdi area”.

While we just received notification of this email Friday we appreciate it is short notice, if your unable to attend you can watch the meeting at your convenience at: http://renocitynv.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx

Another take away from this meeting by our County Commissioner Herman was that Verdi needs an active voice. Several requests have been submitted to “reinitiate” our Community Advisory Board (CAB). This item was discussed by the County Commissioners June 28th, where it was suggested to combine the existing West Truckee Meadows CAB with the inactive Verdi CAB… to have one CAB. The board item is to be represented August 9th to the commissioners where they will determine how many positions will be made available (two are being recommended), as well as particulars on procedures moving forward and details on submitting applications. We strongly believe this will assist in keeping Verdi in the loop on upcoming projects/plans in our community and provide a platform to address any concerns or issues that affect our residents. We will be sure to provide updates as this progresses

In speaking with the Developer of West Meadows Estates, it appears they anticipate to start grading by the end of this year, 2016. The water infrastructure extension is tentatively scheduled to begin in approximately two months. So big changes/construction forth coming.

There is a new owner of the Wells Manufacturing warehouses who is also going to be making significant improvements to the property starting in the next six months. He is a native Nevadan who graduated from UNR and resides in the area. The location has been approved through Washoe County to be used as a medical marijuana cultivation and extraction operation. No dispensary operations, retail sales or distribution of any kind will be conducted at the Verdi site. There will be minimal employees, no signage and traffic does not appear to be a concern. The buildings south side (facing the street) will be renovated and all entry locations removed. Product will be moved in unmarked vehicles. No large trucks involved. Unlike previous reports by others concerning a large “ground plume” moving from the building, no evidence of this has been found to date. The property will be thoroughly landscaped and re-shelled. All business will be conducted on the North East side of the property. The owner is extremely proactive and sensitive to our small town feel and seems to simply want to “fit in” to the area. As always, water is the biggest concern. They opted to not hook into TMWA’s water infrastructure and will be installing a large water tank behind the fencing to address State Fire code.

Lastly, Village 6 of Sommerset was presented at the July 11th Neighborhood Advisory Board. It appears this particular “Village” is going to be the most invasive to the Verdi Community as it will build out the back portion of the development( located on the Eastern hill above West Meadows). Access to the presentation documents for this project can be accessed your reference at the link to the calendar page of Reno.gov. This item is currently scheduled to be heard by the planning commission August 17th.

As always, should you have any questions, concerns or feedback feel free to contact us. Thank you!

Carly Borchard

Verdi Community Meeting 5.21.16 – Land Use

Verdi Community Meeting 5.21.16 – Schools

Verdi Community Meeting 5.21.16 – Transportation

Verdi Community Meeting 5.21.16 – Waste Water

Verdi Community Meeting Presentation 5-21-16 – Fire

Verdi Community Mtg 5.21.16 – RPD

Verdi Water Facility Plan 10-6-15 map

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Verdi Community Meeting this Saturday with Reno City Council

Just a friendly reminder for the City of Reno’s – “Verdi Area Plan” meeting this Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 9:30am. The meeting will take place in one of Boomtown’s Conference Rooms.

 

Click the following link for a summary agenda of the items that will be covered. This meeting should present a lot of useful information and insight for our community. We very much hope to see you there!

 

Reno Hosting Verdi Community Meeting May 21st

Ward 5 Councilmember Neoma Jardon would like to invite you to a Verdi community meeting on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Boomtown from 9:30a.m. to 1:30p.m. Representatives from the City of Reno and a number of other agencies will be there to present information on several topics related to development within the City of Reno and Verdi Sphere of Influence.
After an opening presentation on land use history and existing entitlements, there will be four breakout sessions on specific topics. They are:
1) Water/Sewer Service

2) Traffic/Roads

3) Public Safety

4) Schools
Each breakout session will last approximately 45 minutes, include time for questions and answers, and be repeated on the hour.  This will allow attendees to participate
in more than one session.
DAY:             Saturday, May 21, 2016

TIME:           9:30a.m. to 1:30p.m.

WHERE:       Boomtown Reno, Verdi Meeting Room 2100 Garson Road, Verdi, NV
We hope you can join us for this informational meeting.
For more information about the meeting, please contact Claudia Hanson, Community Development Planning Manager, at hansonc@reno.gov.
As space is limited, please e-mail your RSVP to diciannob@reno.gov.

1800 S. Verdi Road “LogistiCenter” Plan

Many of you will remember the warehouse planned for across the street from Cabela’s, and the concerns about traffic.  It looks like there have been some changes in the proposed warehouse’s design.  From our friends at REreno:

The Frankenwarehouse proposed next to Cabela’s has been redesigned into a slightly smaller 4 Building Complex.  The loading docks have been relocated into a central aisle, which will make 24 hour operations less offensive.  Breaking up the buildings will slightly mitigate the “White Cliffs of Verdi” appearance from Old US 40 and the River Oaks subdivision.

This link will take you to the current plan: 1800 S Verdi Rd Warehouse

2016 Easter Egg Hunt at Verdi Library

The Verdi Fire Department hosted the 2016 Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the nature trail adjacent to Verdi Library on Saturday, March 26th.  Turnout was great, and Smokey Bear was in attendance.  The hunt started at noon, and participants spent their time enjoying the Verdi Library while awaiting the event’s kickoff.

2016 Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Verdi Fire Department

2016 Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Verdi Fire Department

2016 Easter Egg Hunt participants visit the Verdi Library

2016 Easter Egg Hunt participants visit the Verdi Library

2016 Easter Egg Hunt participants searching for eggs.

2016 Easter Egg Hunt participants searching for eggs.

Verdi to be Discussed at Reno City Council Meeting

Councilmember Neoma Jardon is sponsoring “Discussion and potential direction to the City Manager to utilize two or more hours of staff time to organize a Verdi community meeting to present information regarding the sphere of influence, entitlements, annexations, water resources, and traffic impacts” during the February 10th Reno City Council meeting (starting at 10am).

New Library Director Jeff Scott at Verdi Library Wednesday, January 27th

Come meet Washoe County Library System’s new director, Jeff Scott, at Verdi Elementary Library!  Mr. Scott is coming by Verdi’s library tomorrow at 2:30 to get a first-hand look at the facility.  This is your chance to welcome him and let him know how much the county’s involvement in our library means to us!

He won’t be there long, so get to the Verdi library right at 2:30 to say hello!

 

Letter to RGJ Regarding Verdi Development and Lack of Water

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

Meridian 120 Update

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.

Verdi Community Council Update

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.

 

Sincerely,

Carly Borchard

Verdi Community Council