A large residential development proposed on the north side of Interstate 80 just east of Verdi is drawing questions from Somersett residents who don’t like possible construction in an area currently designated as open space.
The plan under review by the planning staff of the City of Reno would allow construction of 676 three- and four-bedroom homes on lots that would average 7,500 square feet.
They envision that homes at Mortensen Ranch would be priced from $465,000 to $495,000.
No date has yet been established by city officials for a public hearing on the plan, but residents of the neighboring Somersett community say it appears the plan would allow construction of more than 100 homes in areas that have been previously designated as open space.
“Residents from the Del Webb community are questioning the legality of having a development plan which appears to be in conflict with the city’s zoning map…”
“Residents from the Del Webb community are questioning the legality of having a development plan which appears to be in conflict with the city’s zoning map, as well as a road adjacent to existing homes on Trail Creek. This road leads to proposed homes on a significant
(The Del Webb community, Sierra Canyon, is in Somersett immediately east of Mortensen Ranch.)
The city’s planning staff, too, wants more explanation from the developers about their plans to use land designated as open space for home sites.
In the plan submitted to the city, 709 acres of the property — mostly on higher and steeper slopes — would remain open space after
The plan calls for
Summit Engineering Corp. of Reno, which has handled civil engineering for the property, notes in the application with the city that many of the new homes would face south. That would encourage the installation of solar-energy systems.
The engineers also note that
The project is estimated to generate more than 6,000 vehicle trips each weekday, and the engineers say improvements to handle increased traffic may be needed in the area of Somersett Ridge Parkway and I-80.
John Seelmeyer is a business writer and editor in Reno. In his 40-year career, he has edited publications in Nevada, Colorado and California and written several thousand published articles about business and finance.