If you’re worried about the pace of development and the effect on our daily lives, you have good company. The TMRPA board met yesterday at a restaurant and candidly discussed issues of concern. The purpose was to inform a consulting company that will work on a plan proposal for the region. The issues and situation will mostly seem familiar.
- We are at our limit for sewer capacity. We have neither the pipes nor the treatment facilities to support expansion.
- Our roads are in rough shape. We don’t have the funds to pay for infrastructure improvements. Developer’s “impact fees” only cover a fraction of the cost.
- Growth proponents want to see a major expansion in the North Valleys, but persistent flooding and road conditions must be addressed first.
- Growth proponents accept that development will impact the lives of residents in the unincorporated county negatively.
It was pointed out that there are already plans for 70,000 dwelling units approved (but not built) when only 42,000 are needed by 2038. We have approved the building of more new homes than will be needed for the next 20 years!
The “elephant in the room” which was referred to, but not discussed is the giant Stonegate development recently approved by the City of Reno. It is a small city of 5,000 homes north of Peavine Mountain and south of Cold Springs. The likely problems associated with this are staggering.