Not content with just a lawsuit against Reno for denying the original Daybreak project, the developers are making another attempt to get the project approved piecemeal. Last night, the developer presented two requests for master plan amendments (and re-zoning) and presented a third project for tentative map approval. The new re-zoning requests are for projects called South Meadows West and Rio Wrangler North II. The third project was the Butler Ranch North development which has received the zoning amendment and now seeks tentative map approval. The tentative map will provide minimal detail since it defines 9 “villages”. The developer plans to sell the village parcels to developers who will complete the plan and apply for tentative maps individually. The Rio Wrangler North development is also part of the Daybreak project. It is located east of the Rio Wrangler North II project.
The Reno Neighborhood Advisory Board (NAB) meeting was sparsely attended. One neighbor expressed concerns about traffic, school overcrowding, flooding, and Mercury contamination. She appeared to speak for other neighbors present.
The developer’s spokesman (from Wood Rogers) admitted that the individual developments were components of the original Daybreak project. The South Meadows West and Rio Wrangler North form the southern part of the original Daybreak proposal north of the Damonte Ranch area. The Rio Wrangler North II development fits between the South Meadows West and Rio Wrangler North developments. The massive Daybreak project lies on the west side of Veterans Parkway between South Meadows Parkway and Mira Loma Drive. It is not clear whether there were any changes between the original plan and the sum of the new subordinate plans. One key point was that the Butler Ranch North project can’t be built without the Rio Wrangler North being approved.
The NAB has a limited role to inform residents of plans in the Ward and also to convey feedback to the Planning Commission regarding public input. The Planning Commission will hear the Butler Ranch North project on either April 3 or April 17. The South Meadows West and Rio Wrangler North II projects will go to the Planning Commission on April 17. Residents can express themselves by attending these meetings. Alternately, they can contact their Planning Commissioner Peter Gower. The NAB and the developer are requesting feedback with their project review form. This will be used to inform the developer and the Planning Commission, but may not be as effective as contacting Peter Gower or other planning commissioners directly.