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
Pick-up lockers were installed this morning at Verdi Library. These lockers will allow patrons to retrieve materials without entering the library facility, so they are available seven days a week, at any time of day/night. Materials can be requested from the Verdi Library librarian, via the Washoe County Library website, or via phone call to any Washoe County Library.
This is a great service to our community, making it easier to access materials (considering our narrow “10 hours per week” window of access. However, it is important that (if you wish to retain access to the inside of the library) you continue to physically enter the library to use services so that your visit will be added to the daily tally of patrons. As you may know, our library is in danger of losing community (non-Verdi Elementary) access. The underlying cause for this is reduced funding for the library system as a whole, but what puts Verdi’s library at the top of the list for potential closure is our low utilization.
The phrase “use it or lose it” is an appropriate way to view the situation. If you value our library, please come to the library Wednesdays and Saturdays, and bring a friend or twenty.
There is one event occurring on October 11th:
- Verdi Elementary Pumpkin Patch Festival & Craft Fair (10am – 4pm at Verdi Elementary)
There are two events occurring on October 13th:
- Ward 5 NAB meeting (5:30pm – 7:30pm at Reno City Hall)
- Crystal Peak Park Cleanup (9am – 11:30am at Crystal Peak Park)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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).