A decision on the contested Prado Ranch development in Lemmon Valley will be delayed until June. The Reno City Council voted unanimously today to delay its hearing of the proposal until the evening of June 5. The delay was requested by Wood Rogers, the engineering firm working with the developer of Prado Ranch.
Stacie Huggins, a planner with the engineering firm, said Wood Rogers needs more time to address some of the concerns that residents of the area raised during recent neighborhood meetings.
Neighbors worry that the Prado Ranch project will worsen flooding around Swan Lake and throughout the North Valleys. They also have raised questions about traffic and school crowding that would result from the development.
The project northeast of the Reno-Stead Airport is envisioned to include 176 houses, 529 apartments, 3.6 million square feet of industrial buildings and 57,750 square feet of commercial space. Nearly 450 acres of parks and open space also would be part of the plan.
It would be developed by Lansing Companies, a major development firm headquartered in San Diego, in partnership with Arcus Private Capital Solutions, a private-equity fund in the Phoenix area. They’ve said the industrial and commercial areas at Prado Ranch would employ more than 2,000 people, and they’ve said their plans would help to resolve flooding in the area.
The city’s Planning Commission in January recommended that the City Council deny approval of the Prado Ranch project.
Before the June meeting, City Council members hope to meet with representatives of Washoe County. The county is making decisions on parts of Prado Ranch that are outside the city limits.