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University sets community forum on rezoning Main Station land


Land parcel at the Main Station Field Laboratory proposed to be rezoned by the University of Nevada.

Presentations and discussion on tap for evening of Feb. 21


A community forum to present and discuss information about the proposed rezoning of the University of Nevada, Reno’s 104-acre South McCarran parcel, part of the University’s 1049-acre Main Station Field Laboratory, is set for Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the Joe Crowley Student Union.

The event doors open at 5 p.m. and University representatives will be on hand. Remarks begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a question and answer period.

The 104-acre parcel, located south of I-80 on South McCarran Boulevard, was annexed into the City of Reno last year and the University has a rezoning request before the city council to change the zoning from LLR-1 (large-lot residential) to a Planned Unit Development. In November, the city planning commission recommended the city council approve the rezoning.

At the University’s request and with the support of those expressing concerns, the Reno City Council postponed the item to March to allow time for further discussion of issues, to inform the public and correct any misinformation about the rezoning.

“We heard a number of concerns at the City Council meeting and will listen for additional input and ideas at the community forum,” University President Marc Johnson said.

The forum will include short presentations by University officials and a panel to answer audience questions about the rezoning and the University’s plans for the Main Station Field Lab. Written statements may be submitted as well. Questions can be submitted ahead of the forum by emailing to [email protected].

The third and fourth floors of the Brain J. Whalen Parking Complex on North Virginia Street will be reserved for this event and directional signage for parking will be posted.

“We don’t have any plans to sell or develop the South McCarran parcel at this time,” Johnson said. “The rezoning is being put in place to preserve the value of the parcel and protect the possibility of development in the future.”

The University’s request to rezone the parcel to a Planned Unit Development is compatible with zoning codes and regional master plan requirements.

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