Changing the way the Washoe Planning Commission and the County Commission operate will need to be a grassroots effort. We need to inform and motivate people to effect the change. Against us will be a lot of developer money producing slick ads and spreading disinformation to discredit us and our positions. Our strength comes from the many residents who are enraged, disgusted, or disheartened by the way developments are spoiling our neighborhoods and the Truckee Meadows in general. Part of our effort is to keep the current problems in the public eye.
- Write a letter to the Reno Gazette Journal: 160 words maximum, your name, your city, your address (not published), and your phone number (not published). Use the form on the RGJ website or sent your letter to “firstname.lastname@example.org” Shorter letters are welcome: RGJ will come up with a title.
- Write a letter to This Is Reno: send it to Bob Conrad; email@example.com .
- Post your opinions on Facebook and include a reference to washoerap.com .
Topics you might want to address:
- Development in Washoe County is out of control! There are over 100 approved development projects that have not been built. More are in the works.
- Why don’t the planning commissioners and county commissioners have the discipline to follow the area plans and established zoning?
- Will we have broader, regional flooding problems given the area of the Great Basin that is being paved?
- How do our development plans address the coming drought and the many drought years to come? I have heard that the state regulators laugh at TMWA for their reckless commitments.
- Why is it OK for county commissioners to accept campaign contributions from developers and then to judge their projects? A small amount of the contributions are idenified; the others are hidden using lawyers and lobbyists as middle-men.
- Reno was identified as one of the top 25 destinations by Outdoor Magazine. But, we are developing the Steamboat Hills that are desirable for horseback riding and mountain biking. If we want tourism, we need to preserve the rugged beauty of the Great Basin.
- Pell mell development is supported by the city and county partly because the tax revenues are like a ponzi scheme. This is worsened by the unfair property tax formula that depreciates older homes of comparable value to new homes.
- We have a shortage of affordable housing, but the majority of the new homes are in the $500,000 to $1,500,000 price range. The commissioners say “We need the housing and it’s not our problem if it’s not affordable.”
- Why isn’t there a requirement that some of the new homes are built with solar panels to power air conditioning? This is incorporated in many new developments in California. It’s a benefit to the buyer because the solar system cost becomes part of the mortgage and the utility savings are immediate.
- What about protecting our wildlife? The planning commission ignores the issue of the destruction of habitat for eagles, deer and many other native species; even ones with federal protection.
- Fire services for both Reno and Truckee meadows are presently stretched scandalously thin. How will we support additional residents?
Your letter or post will remind readers of the ongoing problems and motivate them to effect change. As the author, you may find it cathartic to make your point and “get it out of your system”.