The Reno City Council has given final approval to an ordinance to rezone a 104 acre parcel of land known as UNR Farms.
Council Members voted Wednesday 4 to 2 for the rezoning, which allows for commercial and light industrial development. The rezoning was requested by the University of Nevada, Reno.
The parcel of land is part of the University of Nevada, Reno's 1,081 acre Main Station Laboratory located north of the intersection of South McCarran Boulevard and Pembroke Drive.
The Planning Commission recommended approving the request along with including: disclosures to project property owners and tenants of the adjacent agricultural uses and slaughterhouse; a 30 foot setback from the northern perimeter; a change to industrial uses in the northernmost planning area; ensuring better than 1:1 flood mitigation; and a handbook provision ensuring that agricultural uses will continue to be allowed within the project area.
The University says they have no current plans for the land but requested the rezoning to protect the parcel and its value. The University also says Wolf Pack Meats would not be impacted as a result of the zoning change.