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Reno turns down proposed Mortensen Ranch settlement

By John Seelmeyer
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Reno won’t be settling a lawsuit filed by developers who plan 676 homes on 955 acres just west of Somersett in the Verdi area.

Developer Fred Altmann of Reno and property owner Stan Lucas of Long Beach, California, have asked the Second District Court in Reno to overturn a vote by City Council in January to deny the project.…

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Kayla Armbruster July 28, 2020 - 8:38 pm

How does the plan address the concerns of the residents and who bears the tax burden of the additional fire protection, and implements the infrastructure? Our regressive property tax will further deepen the disparities between downtown and suburbs. Reno is growing and needs to expand, this is a time to this should have additional oversight.

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Pam McNeil July 26, 2020 - 8:49 pm

John, thanks as always for a well-written article. Great visual depicting the Ridge lines.

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Joshua P Taylor July 24, 2020 - 5:41 pm

Leave it up to the city of Reno / Washoe county to screw up any deal and then shoot themselves in the foot so they have no plan of action afterwards NASCAR,Star Bonds they do it all the time. Then they make demands like we have to have more low-income housing.
Sounds like they’re really good at planning, not really.

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Brett Harwood July 24, 2020 - 4:34 pm

“Increased traffic, loss of open space, deep cuts in hillsides to allow road construction and pressures on fire and police protection” are part of cities growing. People need homes to live in. The area needs housing built.

Our city council is supposed to work with developers to come to agreements which benefit the entire community. Not just the ones who were there first. Especially with the lack of homes in the area.

Shame on the city council.

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Marc Chapelle July 23, 2020 - 10:36 am

So, if the denial is successfully overturned just like Daybreak’s 4,000 units were by court-decision in 2019, then you’ll get a subdiviaion with *no* conditions and deamed appoved as-submitted. Land-use by litigation. Ah, Reno…You had your chance to negotiate. Now the courts will step in and tell you *again* that “I don’t like it” is not an appropriate finding.

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