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Further Evaluation Ordered For Caughlin Ranch Project

By Carla O'Day
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By Carla O’Day

The Reno City Council on Wednesday overturned an approval by the planning commission for a development in the Caughlin Ranch area, sending it back to the board to further review a variety of concerns.

Ridge Hollow, a proposed subdivision of 44 single family homes, is located on a 37-acre site southwest of the intersection of Meridian Lane with South Hampton Drive and north of South McCarran Boulevard. It’s in a planned unit development (PUD) that was approved in 1987.

“The community of Reno has changed and there needs to be a present-day evaluation in light of the present-day needs of our existing community,” said Rae Ann Mathews, who filed an appeal of the April 6 decision by the Reno City Planning Commission.

Planning commissioners voted then to approve plans that included a special use permit for hillside development and to allow cuts of 20 feet or more and fills of 10 or more feet.

Several people spoke against this during a hearing that lasted more than two hours. Opponents raised concerns that included traffic safety, views being blocked, impact on wildlife, fire danger and the drainage and detention facilities.

Paris Almond said she moved to Caughlin Ranch 10 years ago and takes joy in its natural beauty.

“Just so we’re clear, this is not an empty space. It is an open space,” Almond said. “It’s a natural area, home to raptors, raccoons, rabbits, coyotes, magpies and more.”

Stephen Mollath, attorney for Tim Lewis Communities, said plans are consistent with the planned unit development, city’s Reimagine Reno Master Plan and the Truckee Meadows Regional Plan.

Caughlin Ranch’s PUD standards are locked in as a matter of law, he said.

Roadways and utilities were built to the site years ago in anticipation of future development. The PUD handbook was also updated in 2001 and 2015 but plans for a subdivision were unchanged. Engineering firm Wood Rogers pointed out that Ridge Hollow would provide fire breaks and comply with the area’s fuel reduction policies and the city requirements for defensible space.

“The purpose of the PUD is to deal with projects that will be built over a long period of time. It could be 10 years, it could be 15 years, it could be 25 years. It just depends on the nature of the development,” Mollath said. “Anything that occurs after that is really not applicable as a matter of law. You can’t go back and change the PUD handbook because it’s a recorded document.”

Mayor Hillary Schieve recused herself from the hearing because she lives in the Caughlin Ranch PUD.

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Karl Breckenridge June 4, 2016 - 8:15 am

I’m pleased that my browsing brought me to thisisreno – this is an excellent, well-written publication and does a commendable job at chronicling the city of Reno. I’m aboard for steady reading!

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Karl Breckenridge June 2, 2016 - 4:56 pm

Southampton Drive, one word?

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Bob Conrad June 2, 2016 - 5:24 pm

The city staff report spells it South Hampton, which is how it was referred in the story. Google Maps spells it Southhampton.

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Rae Ann Mathews May 30, 2016 - 12:09 am

Thank you for your coverage of the Ridge Hollow Development. We are proud of our City Council for asking the hard questions regarding fire safety, traffic impact on small neighborhood streets and hydrology inaccuracies. They showed a genuine concern about a decision that was made 29 years ago about a development that no longer fits with the environmental integrity of the community.

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