Monthly Archives: September 2015

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, 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.


Carly Borchard

Verdi Community Council

Keep Verdi Verdi

River Clean-up

Please see the event announcement from Nick Steuer, Truckee River District Park Ranger:

“We wanted to inform you that Crystal Peak Park is one of the clean-up sites for KTMB’s River Clean-up coming up on Saturday, September 26th from 9:00am – Noon. We would love it if you all could be a part of this project! The focus will be removing the vegetation and invasive weeds from around the ponds. We will also be working on raking leaves, litter pick-up and popping Mullein from the field. We will have a green waste dumpster on-site as well.”

If you are available, please go to and click on the “sign up to volunteer today” link.


Nick Steuer

Park Ranger I, Truckee River District

Washoe County Community Services Department

(775) 828-6659 (office)

(775) 828-6614 (fax)

6000 Bartley Ranch Rd., Reno, NV 89511

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.




Carly Borchard

Verdi Community Council

New Billboard Hearing Date Set

What: Washoe County Commission meeting
Where: Washoe County Complex, 1001 E. Ninth St., Reno
When: 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 22

New Date For Billboard Hearing

The county rescheduled the date again for a public hearing to review the controversial draft sign code that includes regulations to allow digital billboards.

Originally, Washoe County Commissioners were set to review a first reading of the draft code August 25 at a 6 p.m. public hearing. The hearing was unexpectedly cancelled that morning and reset for September 8.  But the item wasn’t included on next week’s agenda because Commissioner Bob Lucey cannot attend, meaning no billboard hearing this Tuesday, after all.

Commission Chair Marsha Berkbigler confirmed today that the hearing was reset for September 22 at 6 p.m.  Given the previous delays, check for changes to the commission’s agenda on the county website or Scenic Nevada’s Facebook page and watch for our emails. You can also email us at

To learn more about the issues, read our presentation “Top Five Myths of the Draft Sign Code”.  And come to the meeting September 22 to let commissioners know how you feel about adding billboards to Washoe County’s scenic vistas for the first time in 13 years.  If you haven’t had a chance, please sign our petition now opposing new billboards.

Commissioner Vaughn Hartung introduced the idea to allow big digital signs in the county in August 2014, when the draft sign code was being developed. Both Commission Chair Marsha Berkbigler and Commissioner Kitty Jung are opposed to the controversial changes in billboard policy.

So far we’ve received 346 petition signatures opposing the draft code.  The county also posted an on-going online forum where residents have been commenting. So far most of those posts have been negative concerning signs, billboards and the draft code. To visit the county’s site go to Comments are provided directly to County Commissioners.

Lighted Billboards in Verdi!

Billboards may soon appear along the freeway right here in Verdi!  For the past 13 years billboards have been banned from unincorporated land.  Now two Commissioners, Herman and Hartung are supporting a change in the billboard ban.  Such a change will allow electronic billboards and large lighted billboards to start appearing once again. Please support Scenic Nevada by calling, emailing or writing to the County Commissioners and the Senior Planner listed below.  If you cannot contact each of the Commissioners them please write Commissioner Bob Lucey who appears to be the swing vote on this matter.

The Director of Scenic Nevada has written a very good OpEd piece in the RGJ.  Go here to read this overview.

For a very impressive PowerPoint on the draft code please click here.

To contact the County Commissioners, call 775.328.2005 or email them at:
Bob Lucey

Martha Berkbigler

Jeanne Hermam

Kitty Jung (No email address posted)

Vaughn Hartung

Trevor Lloyd (775) 328-3620  is the County Planner handling this matter.  Please include his email or  correspondence .

The County Draft Ordinance can be seen at:,%20DRAFT%20Sign%20Code%204-29-15.pdf or click here.

This is on the matter of a Draft Washoe County Sign Code being proposed to the Commissioners on September 8.

I have attached the PowerPoint by Scenic Nevada, the material for our Community Update and the Draft Sign Code.

NAB Meeting Sep 8th

Here is your chance to have your voice heard on topics that concern you!

The City of Reno Neighborhood Advisory Board (NAB) meetings continue this evening with a meeting of the Ward 5 NAB.
What: Ward 5 NAB Meeting

When: Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Reno City Hall, Council Chambers, 1 E. First Street

Who: NAB members, citizens, and City of Reno staff


Each one of the City’s five Wards are represented by a respective NAB, which will meet once a month at 5:30 p.m. on an ongoing basis. View the schedule @ Reno.Gov/NAB