The Washoe County Planning Commission unanimously denied a re-zoning request made for the development of Upland Estates (2/5/19). This is 46.3 acres of undeveloped property on the east side of the Pyramid Highway. The developer wants to change the zoning from commercial to suburban-residential allowing for the construction of 129 homes.
The principal concern of the commissioners was the violation of the Spanish Springs Area Plan and the lack of commercial development convenient to this neighborhood. This is envisioned to be neighborhood commercial with such establishments as a dry cleaner, a beauty salon, or an eatery. The commissioners shared concerns that the public expressed for traffic management and sewer capacity as well.
The staff report indicated that increased traffic and sewer load would result with the change to residential zoning. This was countered by the developer with reports showing the opposite, but these reports were not credible.