The Washoe Board of County Commissioners voted to accept the appeal by the WCSD to approve their grading permit for the property at the corner of Arrowcreek and Thomas Creek. The vote was 4-0: Commissioner Herman was not present. Many parents and residents attended and many spoke.
- The plan is unchanged from the plan reviewed at the townhall meeting.
- The WCSD does not have possession of the property now. This will be required before grading begins.
- No one from the WCSD met with neighbors to address their concerns as directed by the County Commission on August 28.
- Commissioner Lucey did not meet with neighbors as requested in 12 letters to him. He said he walked the property.
- No public speaker opposed the new school. One suggested they reconsider an alternate site that had been considered.
- Several residents argued that having a new school would raise property values in the area.
- Only two public speakers impugned the motives of the residents expressing concern regarding the safety issues.
- Commissioner Lucey indicated that widening Arrowcreek Parkway so that it is all 4 lanes is in RTC’s plans for the 2022-2026 time frame.
- Commissioner Lucey asserted that the seismology and hydrology investigations could not be done until the grading permit was approved.
Fundamental Issue: Trust
- Attendees who believe that the county engineering and WCSD contract engineering will adequately address the issues of flooding, earthquake hazard, and traffic want to see the development move forward without delay.
- Attendees who are skeptical of the assurances of the county engineering and contract engineering want to see further study of these critical issues before the construction work proceeds.
Statement of the Day
Bruce Glassman proposed that Commissioner Lucey insist that the Arrowcreek Parkway be widened by 2022 and that the WCSD buy flood insurance for the downhill neighbors.