Where We Stand

Hello neighbors!

First, we know many of you have been asked into private meetings with the developers. Of course you are free to tell them any concerns you wish but we want to remind everyone that we are all stronger together. This development impacts all of us and we share the common goal of keeping it from affecting our roads, our schools and our general way of life out here in the Galena area.

As I posted last week we met with the Washoe County Planning department on the 10th. We came away feeling very good about the meeting. The flow of traffic and everything involved with it seems to be the strongest issue we have on our side. They shared our concerns for our little roads and our way of life, as well as other complications the current plan presents such as emergency access. They were also concerned about potential environmental hazards posed by the old Galena lead mines. If you would like to know more about this, one of our committee members wrote an op-ed you can read here:

Everything else, as we already knew, many of the issues raised will boil down the results of impact studies and what the developer has to do to meet the requirements asked for by the county. This process will not move forward until the project is submitted.

We are not sure when it will be submitted. But we do know it was not submitted in time for this month, so the next time they will be able to submit is September 15th. We are not sure why they delayed their submission. When the plan is submitted you will be able to view it at https://www.washoecounty.us/csd/planning_and_development/ under “applications commission District 2”.

We had originally planned for a meeting with the developers on Friday, but after the info we gathered from the planning department, and learning of their one on one meetings with other residents, we felt there was nothing more to add or learn from a meeting.

So now it’s a waiting game. Knowing that we have the planning department’s ear on a few issues, and the support of a few members of the planning commission, we are feeling a lot stronger. We will let you know if there are any new developments or when we know more about the submitted plan.

As always, if you’d like to know more detail about specific issues we are discussing as a committee, or would like to add some input you feel is being overlooked, please feel free to contact us.

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