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Washoe County is Seeking Input on Grading Standards



Reno, Nevada. March 19, 2012. Washoe County is in the final stages of proposing new standards for grading activities. Grading is any clearing, excavation, cutting, filling, or disturbance of the natural state of the landform or natural vegetation and/or any combination thereof. The County is seeking public input on a draft revision to its Development Code Article 438 – Grading Standards. Article 438 contains standards for grading of the earth, thresholds for determining what level of review grading activities should require, and processes for addressing grading activities that appear contrary to the provisions of code.

Washoe County will be holding an open house from 5 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2012, in the main foyer of the Washoe County Administration Complex, Building A, at the corner of 9th Street and Wells Avenue.

Washoe County is seeking public input on all aspects of the draft grading code, but especially including news features of the code such as:

  • Newly described procedures for addressing illegal grading activities.
  • Provisions for the phasing of large projects.
  • Newly described thresholds and procedures for “minor” and “major” grading activities.
  • New format, graphics, and narrative style designed for ease of understanding.

This will be an open-forum and all ideas for improvement of the grading code are welcomed. No final action will be taken at this event. For more information about this event contact Washoe County Community Development at 328-3600.

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