Meridian 120 South (Verdi)

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Overview

This development is on the south side of Route 80 in Verdi.  The first phase includes two “villages” on 53.6 acres.  There will be 14 homes on 1-acre lots and 64 homes on 0.19-acre lots.  The smaller homes may only be 8′ from the property line.  This development has later phases to complete 5 “villages”.  The developer claims there will only be 78 “peak hour trips” so a traffic study is not required.  If many homes have two workers and maybe a university student, the number would exceed the number needed for a traffic study.  Developer-funded traffic studies in the area are notoriously inaccurate favoring the developer.

Concerns

  • The existing homes are on wells.  TMWA has bought the local water company and would plan to provide water to the new homes from a large well.  This will likely lower the water table so that existing homes lose their water
  • Piecemeal development means the developer is only showing the first phase to make it easier to expand the project later.  This would be illegal in California.
  • The optimistic plan would still leave the schools beyond capacity.  The developer claims there will be few school-age children per household.
  • Drainage is a problem in this area bringing an increased risk of flooding with the development.
  • The current roads are only adequate for light traffic with two 1-lane bridges.  Evacuation in case of fire will be very hazardous.
  • Bringing in a high-density suburban development will drive away wildlife and spoil the rural character of the area.  It is an environmentally sensitive area.
  • Fire services will be inadequate for the additional residences.  There is no likelihood that enough new resources will be added.

Developer

Reno Land Inc.

Wood Rogers

History

M.1 – Meridian 120 South Villages 1 & 2 … 2/28/18

In a 4-to-1 vote, Council approved the applicant’s request for a continuance. The applicant would like to host additional neighborhood meetings, as well as meet with Washoe County staff in order to address some of the issues that have been raised. Council requested that the item be heard some time in the next two months. At that time, Council will hear an appeal of the Planning Commission’s denial of a tentative map to develop a 78-lot single family residential subdivision southeast of the intersection of Boomtown Garson Road and Blue Heron Circle.

Links

City Council votes to grant another continuance to the developer: Reno.gov_030118

Meridian 120 South Plan: Tentative Map & Special Use Permit: 4/10/17

Developer website: meridian120.com

Developer website: Reno_Land

Developer area projects: Reno_Land