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
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!
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.)
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.).
City of Reno staff
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:
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.
Verdi Community Council
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 email@example.com. 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
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).