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Tiny Homes Ordinance Changes Up for Discussion at City Hall

By Bob Conrad
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A proposed location for the new overflow homeless shelter is at 250 Sage Street. The property has a number of environmental concerns.

The proposed location for the new overflow homeless shelter is at 250 Sage Street. The property has a number of environmental concerns.

Reno’s tiny homes project is moving forward, and the Reno City Council will discuss tomorrow ordinance changes needed to make the project happen.

Councilwoman Neoma Jardon said that council will vote tomorrow on initiating the code changes to allow for the homes. From there, ordinance introduction and passage will be needed to allow for the tiny homes project to proceed.

“This is the culmination of many months of work by city staff and numerous people and organizations in the community to provide this much needed, temporary housing for our most vulnerable,” she said.

The tiny homes project is slated to be constructed at 250 Sage Street, a city property, tentatively called Hopes Village. About $100,000 has been raised for the effort: $29,000 online and two private donations totaling $75,000. (ThisisReno provided promotional support for the fundraising effort.)

Coucilwoman Neoma Jardon

Coucilwoman Neoma Jardon

The project will need planning commission approval as well as approval of the ordinance changes. Construction could start in July, barring any delays, Jardon said.

The hearing tomorrow is scheduled for  3 p.m. or later.

A resolution presented will also transfer the property to the city’s Redevelopment Agency for redevelopment purposes.

“The property is being considered for redevelopment in part as a homeless shelter and in part for dwelling structures for homeless persons,” according to city staff.

A permanent overflow shelter is being proposed to be constructed on state land at the Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services campus in Sparks on Galletti Way.

Update: the time-certain agenda item is at 3 p.m., not 1 p.m.

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