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StoneGate Gets Reno City Council Approval

By Bob Conrad

Councilmember Paul McKenzie said that developers met all requirements to develop StoneGate in Cold Springs. Most of the City Council agreed, and now the massive development may proceed.

The council voted today in a 6 to 1 vote to approve the StoneGate master plan, essentially giving the first approval for the project that will bring 5,000 residential units to the area over the next 20 years.

Councilman Paul McKenzie

Councilmember Jenny Brekhus was the lone no vote. She called the project irresponsible, an affront to regional planning, and said it will put Reno on the path to becoming like Riverside County in Southern California.

Numerous North Valleys residents testified against the development while real estate professionals and construction trade representatives supported StoneGate.

Before houses are built at the former Heinz Ranch, developers will have to make road improvements to increase traffic capacity, address water supplies, create recreational amenities, and they will be donating land for schools. McKenzie praised the developers for bending over backwards to meet objections to the project.

“Traffic generated by StoneGate will be substantially less than the traffic generated by the existing industrial land use,” the developers said, indicating that industrial development could go in place of the StoneGate project.

Brekhus also apologized to Reno police and fire for increasing their service area without gaining more resources.

Developers “offered to construct and donate to the city a temporary fire, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and police station … and a permanent fire and police station” subject to some conditions, according to a city staff report.



Thomas Bengston February 14, 2018 - 10:25 pm

I am most concerned about the strain on the water system. Please explain again about by what means and from where, and how much water will be used daily. How about constructing homes that are energy self sufficient and off the grid? It would become a leading community if that were to come to fruition. But I suppose Nevada energy is already in your pockets.

Bob Conrad
Bob Conrad February 15, 2018 - 1:17 pm

Hi Thomas, as we reported some time ago the region has enough water for growth for decades to come. http://thisisreno.com/2015/10/tmwa-meeting-drought-gm-review-customer-satisfaction-and-more/

For this project, the developers are proposing to tap into TMWA service with a 6-mile-long pipeline and an on-site well system. Page 19 of the handbook explains it: http://renocitynv.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=4&ID=13839&MeetingID=1714

Eric V February 14, 2018 - 7:33 pm

What hypocrisy! The city council has gone through developing a master plan for the city of Reno for the last three years. In the play, they state the need for balanced, carefully planned growth where the needs for additional housing is balanced by addressing the needs of increased demands upon the city infrastructure. Approving this huge development is a complete abdication of that master plan. It will create horrible impacts on traffic, sewer and water systems and substantially more demands on city services that aren’t paid for. To top it all off, this is being built in a flood plain! Reno taxpayers will foot the bill every time that area floods.
Thank you to council member Brekhus for seeing this development for what it is. Reno will soon become the next Riverside or Las Vegas. Uncontrolled, unsustainable urban sprawl.

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