Category Archives: Council Updates

Verdi Library Changes Hours

Verdi Library’s hours are changing.  Starting January 4, 2016, the library’s Wednesday hours will shift 30 minutes earlier.  Current hours are 3pm to 7pm; new hours will be 2:30pm to 6:30pm.  Saturday hours will remain unchanged.

The Washoe Community Library Board voted to approve the change in hours in order to encourage greater usage.  Verdi Elementary releases students at 2:30pm on Wednesdays; aligning the library’s hours with the school’s hours will (hopefully) result in increased usage.

Parents of Verdi Elementary students are highly encouraged to take advantage of the new hours to visit the library on Wednesdays.  Sustained increased usage is the only way we will be able to keep our community library open!

Hearing for Meridian 120 North (LDC16-00027)

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.)

 

 

New Dense Development Surrounding Verdi – Stremmel East and Stremmel West

Two new properties on the west side of Verdi have recently gone on the market: Stremmel East and Stremmel West.  These properties combined are roughly 40 acres and are on both sides of I-80 adjacent to the Gold Ranch Casino & the RV park.

Thanks to REreno for reporting this to us!

39 Ventures Site Cleanup Letter from City of Reno

The letter below was provided by City of Reno to provide clarification on the activity at the 39 Ventures site.  It includes an email address where you can ask specific questions.


Dear Resident,

 

You are receiving this email notice because you are a Verdi resident, or you’ve expressed interest in the past about keeping informed about the proposed 39 Ventures project. The City of Reno wanted to provide the following update to let residents in the area know that 39 Ventures is in the process of performing cleanup operations, which entails using a crusher and screener, on its Verdi property. More details about the cleanup and why it’s occurring are available below.

 

The presence of unconsolidated solid waste accumulations and petroleum impacted soils arising from fill materials have been identified on the property at 0 Quilici Ranch Road. The Nevada Department of Environmental Protection (NDEP) has directed the owner to undertake rapid recovery and environmental remediation on the site as quickly as possible in accordance with an NDEP-approved remediation plan to clean up impacted materials.

 

The approved environmental cleanup Corrective Action Plan requires the owner to mechanically process and screen petroleum impacted soills and solid waste accumulations, segregate and remove hazardous materials, and stockpile or transfer segregated materials off site. Site cleanup and materials processing activities are being conducted on the property in accordance with the NDEP Corrective Action Plan for Facility ID D-000889 and NV Spill No. 151105-08; and applicable dust, air quality and stormwater permits. The majority of environmental cleanup activities are anticipated to be completed by late 2016.

 

Questions about the environmental cleanup can be directed to  quiliciranchremediationproject@hydrogeosci.com or the NDEP. The City of Reno has no authority over the clean up project; however, the City is requesting that 39 Ventures follow the hours of operation that would normally apply to a temporary stockpiling permit (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.).

 

Thank you,

 

City of Reno staff

 

Questions:

Reno Direct

775-334-INFO

renodirect@reno.gov

Verdi Community Update

In follow up to the October 6th update: the City of Reno Planning Commission was presented with the Verdi Commercial Park/Boomtown Industrial project. There were a handful of Verdi Residents in attendance to express their concerns as well a numerous emails that did not go unnoticed. A link to the meeting is as follows and starts at 1:27:35:

 

http://renocitynv.iqm2.com/Citizens/SplitView.aspx?Mode=Video&MeetingID=1215&MinutesID=1227&FileFormat=doc&Format=Minutes&MediaFileFormat=ismv

 

The planning commission takes their role very factually. The two items triggering this SUP (special use permit) were the residential zoning immediately west of the site (owned by the applicant) and the necessary grades/fills required. The area is zoned industrial, with 24/7 use. Fortunately, from past experience with the Verdi Community it was important to the Commissioners to take resident(s) comments/concerns into consideration. Seeing as they are not the same commission that originally annexed and/or zoned this property so long ago there was a lot of discussion and questions amongst City Staff and “experts” present. A couple additional conditions were stipulated due to residents concerns, but the project did pass unanimously. In speaking with the developers team after the meeting they assured they do not ‘anticipate’ build-out being this large but we will hope to keep informed on what does eventually get brought forward.

 

Additionally as mentioned in our last update, since the West Meadows development is moving forward we have coordinated with the Developer to make a presentation to the community at large. The meeting will be held Thursday November 5th at the Verdi Elementary School at 6:30pm by the developer, Robert Fitzgerald. We hope to see everyone there to understand what is being presented. We strongly advised the developer and his team to send a mailer so they can reach ALL Verdi residents, so you will be seeing a postcard invitation to this meeting as well.

 

This project will then be presented to the City of Reno Ward 5 NAB (neighborhood advisory board) on Tuesday November 10th, then move on to the City of Reno Council for approval.

 

As always, thank you for your continued support and involvement in our community. Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions, concerns, comments or suggestions.

 

Sincerely,

 

Carly Borchard

Verdi Community Council

www.keepverdiverdi.org

https://www.facebook.com/verdicommunitycouncil

775-345-1813 (message)

Verdi Community Update October 6, 2015

This Thursday (October 8th at 6:00pm) is the City of Reno Planning Commission meeting, in which the Verdi Commercial Park/Boomtown Industrial site will be presented (this is the 855,000 square foot industrial building between Cabela’s and River Oak Subdivision). The Staff report discussing this project can be found via this link: http://www.reno.gov/home/showdocument?id=49768. We have been made aware a number of residents strongly oppose this project. It is really important for those individuals to either attend this meeting and/or provide feedback to the City Planning Dept. The lead planner is Vern Kloos, you can email him at kloosv@reno.gov. The case number is LDC15-00069 and appears to be item 8.2 on the City agenda http://www.reno.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=52782. After reviewing and discussing this project at length, we submitted a letter in effort of providing residents’ feedback to the Planning Commission for their consideration.

 

For those that do not already know, this coming Sunday is the Verdi Elementary School’s annual pumpkin patch/fall festival! Super fun event should you like to attend. The Verdi Community Council will be in attendance with a booth in effort of introducing ourselves to more community members and hoping to get more residents receiving updates on important topics.

 

Lastly, we are working to organize a community meeting later in the month to discuss the West Meadows Development. The developer and his rep would like to opportunity to present how this project is moving forward. Last year a lot of effort was put into being sure this development is not only done responsibly, but FITS into the area. As a brief recap, this property of 200 acres to the North of River Oaks was annexed by the City of Reno in 1999 so the issue was “what is the proper zoning?”. The County zoning had expired so the developer requested City zoning of SF5, which would have allowed for 500 homes and 10 acres of commercial. Many Verdi residents attended the Planning and Council meetings to strongly oppose this modification to the master plan. Our Ward representative, Neoma Jardon got involved to try and resolve what would be appropriate for the area. In review of the allowed City zoning and what was acceptable for the area, the developer agreed to drop the zoning to SF3 (allowing approx. 324 homes and 4 acres of commercial). At that time a survey was collected from engaged residents to see what additional stipulations were necessary. The developer was amenable to all requests within his power… Implementing a “pocket park” (which has since been increased in size) to be built and maintained by the developer, expanded access to open land, wildlife and emergency access easements, deceleration lanes, and much more. In a recent meeting with the developer it was requested to implement an eastbound turn pocket on Highway 40, in which again the developer agreed to. They will be submitting their application to present a tentative map next week so it is important our community is made aware and informed. Attached is a more in depth overview of last years proceedings should you be interested (quite a bit can be Googled as well).

 

As always, please feel free to contact us should you have any questions, comments or concerns!

West Meadows Summary.pdf

West Meadows Planned Unit Development (PUD) Handbook

Verdi Commercial Park Meeting Update

The October 8th meeting (see our calendar for details) is vitally important for Verdi residents to attend, especially River Oaks residents.  Please get the word out to those you know in River Oaks to attend! 

This development affects the sight lines from River Oaks (looking towards Cabela’s), and it also imposes changes to existing light and noise levels.  There is also concern about the existing road’s ability to handle increased traffic/truck traffic.

For those unable to attend in person, they can email their comments the Reno City Planning Commission via Vern Kloos, City Planner [kloosv(at)reno.gov] (emails must be received by Vern no later than Wednesday, October 7th).

Planning Commission Meeting

Planning Commission Meeting

 Date: 10/08/2015 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Location: Reno City Hall-Council Chambers
One East First Street
Reno, Nevada

This City of Reno Planning Commission Meeting will discuss the Verdi Commercial Park.  Show up and speak!  This project will change Verdi forever.  It is important that you understand what is happening and speak your opinion to the planning commission.

If you are unfamiliar with this issue…  The land across the street from Boomtown (which has occasionally been used as a dumping ground for old appliances and burnt cars) is being developed into a warehouse with a high volume of truck traffic.  It will operate 24 hours.  Some concerns about this project include noise from truck deliveries, light pollution (from the parking lot lights), light sweeps as the trucks turn corners, and the presence of a “big box”-type building marring our landscape.

You can see the planned development here.

 

 

Verdi Community Council Update

This Saturday is Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful! We wanted to pass along the word that the KTMB team is having their annual River clean up this coming Saturday, September 26th at 9:00am-Noon, they will be meeting at Crystal Peak Park. I am forwarding along their notification email below should you be interested in assisting!

There are also residents wanting to focus more on highway 40 clean up (in addition to this). This is purely a community volunteer based effort as opposed to being a “sponsored” event so you will need to bring your own tools/supplies but trash bags will be available… Janet Ravey will be starting at 8am around Trelease Lane and working down to bridge street.

Hope to see you out and about if you’re able!!

Item Update(s):

Library: we are working to move forward with finding out what is necessary from the community to expand the Library hours short term, retaining this resource long term and researching this locations potential as a bigger community resource for future utilization. We will hope to keep good updates coming on that front!

Verdi Commercial Park: The developer and their representatives did hold their community meeting last week (9/14/15) we had about 20 residents in attendance and heard some REALLY great comments/ suggestions! Attached is some more reference material should you be interested. Our thought at this point would be to draft a letter with the points made by residents as follow up with the Developers Team and ultimately provide to the planning commission in effort of having some form of feedback from the Verdi community for their consideration.

West Meadows Development: Is moving forward. Do not have specifics but residents within 750 feet will be receiving a notice from City of Reno very shortly and we will be sure to share with the rest of the community.

New item(s):

California Split: For our Sierra County residents… I was provided with the attached brochure last night, as apparently there was a group from Sierra County collecting petition signatures at the post office yesterday afternoon… naturally I was intrigued/interested! Still need to do more research for myself but wanted to get this out to everyone for their own reference purposes seeing as a petition is being circulated. I made a couple calls, to our Sierra County representatives and the opposing group, Keep it California, http://www.keepitcalifornia.org/support.html. Let me know if you would like more details on upcoming meetings on this topic.

As always, should you prefer not to receive these updates please simply respond letting us know. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Carly Borchard

Verdi Community Council

Keep Verdi Verdi

Verdi Community Council Update

Hi there,

 

Hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Just a couple quick updates:

 

Many thanks to those who have visited the Verdi Community Library, took time to write letters and put efforts towards retaining our valuable resource. After attending the Washoe County Commission hearing yesterday we have been informed the matter has been taken off the Library Boards Agenda, meaning we will keep our current Library hours. Since the matter has come up we are looking to see what the community might be able to do to keep it from being re-addressed and/or possibly increasing the set hours. The agenda for the Library board should be available this Friday, so it will be verified that no changes will transpire.

 

As mentioned a couple times in the past, the developers of the “Verdi Commercial Park” (Reno Land Development Company) have offered and would like to hold a community meeting this coming Monday, September 14th at 6:30pm to present their plans on the 855,000 square foot building proposed across from Cabela’s. The meeting will be held in Boomtown’s conference rooms. This should not be a long meeting, just a presentation with the option for questions and concerns to be addressed. We encourage anyone that can make it to attend. (Please respond letting us know if you do plan to attend so we can relay how many residents to expect).

 

In receiving community responses, relaying and speaking with the developers representatives the points that will be discussed are:

 

Lighting: They will have to adhere to the Mortensen-Garson specifications sensitive to dark sky nights (we asked that they really explain this to us as to understand what’s to be expected). We also expressed concern on Truck lights “sweeping” over town as they turn in and about the project, suggesting extra landscaping/trees to prevent disruption…

 

Noise: They just received the sound study late last week so we will anticipate those results being shared.

 

Traffic: concern was expressed on the location of the main entrance being set on the corner of South Verdi Road and Cabela Drive. They have explained it is a natural downgrade, allowing trucks to slow and ease into the development safely.

 

Overpass: it has been mentioned it is outdated and in need of upgrade/modification. We  understand it is not their property, however, strongly feel it needs to be addressed within the process as the majority of traffic generated from this project’s site would use it to travel Eastbound.

 

Lastly, we mentioned the appearance possibly not fitting in with the surroundings. Both Boomtown and Cabela’s are HUGE establishments, yet they keep with a “western” feel, if you will. We requested they re-address the big box look with their team and anticipate their response on this as well.

 

There is not a set tenant for the location as of yet, so it is unclear what kind of operation will commence, however, they are anticipating a distribution company. This is just a rough drawing of their conceptual plan and they may even find it necessary to break it into two separate buildings, but they want to be proactive in informing Verdi residents and hope for the opportunity to address our concerns BEFORE going to the City of Reno planning commission.

 

Please feel free to share your thoughts as well! As always should you prefer not to be involved or receive these emails just let us know! Thank you so much for your time and look forward to seeing you all soon.

 

Sincerely,

 

Carly Borchard

Verdi Community Council

www.keepverdiverdi.org

https://www.facebook.com/verdicommunitycouncil