Depending on who you ask, it's either a terrific opportunity for expansion or a nightmare for one of Reno's outlying areas. On Thursday night, residents and developers clashed at city hall to weigh in on a proposed development northeast of Cold Springs.
The controversy surrounding development is one that's become all too familiar for the City Council. Developers are hoping to unveil a brand new town with over five thousand new homes. But they won't get their wish without hearing from several people who already live there and can't help but wonder what will happen to the quiet town they've grown to love.
"We're not going to be able to see the stars anymore," says Diana Buggs, who's lived in the area for over 20 years. "We're not gonna hear quiet anymore. We're gonna hear...city life."
Developers from lifestyle homes see things a little differently. They point to a 2005 city council decision that approves annexation of over seven thousand acres, including the targeted area near Cold Springs.
"North valley is a growing area," says Phil Hatch, the Vice-President of Lifestyle Construction, which is applying for the project. I don't think it'd be too much too soon."
The issue dominated the floor as several residents and developers signed up to appear before the Commission. Reno's city council has the final say on whether or not the project will in fact go through as scheduled, which is a decision that becomes even more interesting considering two council members won't hear the case because of a conflict of interest.
No matter what is ultimately decided, most property owners say growth is inevitable, but not to this extent.
"What we're asking for is to consider a plan more responsible," says Michael Branch, a property owner. "Yes, growth will come. But different density is appropriate in different areas; and when we border public lands with wildlife issues, recreational issues and traffic issues that are involved...that kind of density we feel is just too extreme."
The plan will also include additional development for churches; schools and parks. If passed, construction won't be completed until 2030..