The proposal to amend the zoning and allow a PUD for the Prado Ranch development in Lemmon Valley has been “continued” to the next available meeting of the Reno Planning Commission on 1/16/19 at 6:00 PM. It will be the first item on the agenda. The decision to continue consideration of the proposal was due to the late hour of the meeting on 12/19/18.
The Prado Ranch development plan has gone through a number of iterations. The latest is to zone a substantial part of the property as industrial. There is also a large portion that is to be zoned Open Space which borders Swan Lake and is mostly under water. The property includes the intersection of Lemmon Drive and Deodar.
The proposed plan includes:
- A total of 729 acres in 14 parcels.
- 176 single family homes on 44 acres.
- 529 multifamily dwellings on 32 acres.
- 195 acres of industrial
- 10 acres of commercial
- 446 acres of Open Space
- 187,500 gallons per day of wastewater generation
- 15,000 additional vehicle trips a day
- Consume 625 acre feet of water per year
Reno Staff recommends against this proposal. They are unable to determine that the proposal meets the applicable statutory and code requirements.
The applicant claims that the improvements to Lemmon Drive and Lear will offset the traffic congestion. They further claim that the retention ponds in the plan will more than offset the additional flood risk.
Concerns expressed by the public:
- The development does not match the Master Plan and is incompatible with the character of the area.
- North Valleys High School is already over capacity. Plan depends on school capacity at the Stonegate school which is only on paper at this time.
- Dangerous traffic congestion near the existing school with large trucks.
- Poor emergency response times due to traffic congestion.
- Ground water contamination from the retention ponds with the water table only 55′ below the surface.
- Developer’s hydrology report is suspect.
- Flooding of existing residents that are downstream.
- Reno can’t afford to man another fire station even if the developer provides the station and the equipment.
- Current flooding needs to be addressed before more development proceeds.
Detailed meeting notes: Reno Planning Commission_121918
Residents’ Presentation: PRADO RANCH MP and PUD ZM LDC16-00026 AND LDC17-00019
Developer’s Presentation: Wood-Rogers_Prado-Ranch_121918
Reno Planning Staff Presentation: Staff-Presentation_Prado-Ranch_121918