Growth Seen as Positive for Area

By: Jennifer Rogers
By: Jennifer Rogers

City leaders say events like the Great Outdoor games are bringing people here by the thousands - and not only to visit, but to live here
as well.

The latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show Washoe County's population grew by nearly 21,000 people in the past two years.

It went from 341,421 in 2000 to 362,325 people, two years later.

Those numbers include not only people moving in the area but also
those who are just born here. And with the numbers growing at such significant rate are local cities ready for the population boom?

Traveling around Washoe County you are bound to see a lot of
this . . . road construction and connstruction of new homes.

Crews are trying to keep up with the population growth and city leaders in Reno and Sparks it's a good thing.

"We are prepared for them. We are ready to go and we have the land for them," said Tom Burrous, a development analyst for Sparks.

Steve Frady\Community
Relations/Reno]
"Growth is a positive thing. You look at the area we have to offer," said Steve Frady of the City of Reno Community Relations. "We have great recreation areas, arts, and culture and all of these are very positive."

But is it positive?

That's what long time resident John Gent has been asking himself for the past 60 plus years.

"It's more of a city now, and a lot more impersonable than it use to
be," Gent said.

He say he's tired of watching homes pop up around town. Areas
that were once bare are now developments with hundreds of houses.

But, his main concern with the new growth is running out of
precious resources - like water.

"This is the high desert and we don't have that kind of water. One of
these days you'll turn of the faucet and you will only have a drip and
then what are we going to do?" Gent asks.

Truckee Meadows Water Authority says the water supply looks good
for the next 20 years, but they still have a lot of work ahead of
them.

Looks like the "Biggest Little City" is "bigger" and not as "little" anymore.


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