RENO, NV - After a lengthy public hearing, the Reno City Council supported the recommendations of the Reno Planning Commission to approve special use permits and variances for the Southeast Connector Phase 2 as long as certain conditions are met. The vote was 4 (Mayor Cashell, Council member’s Dwight Dortch, Neoma Jardon and Sharon Zadra) to 3 (Council member’s Jenny Brekus, Hillary Schieve and Oscar Delgado).
The special request was for
(1) a special use permit to
(a)allow grading with fills of 10 feet or more.
(b)disturbance of a major drainage way, and
(c)protection of significant hydrological recourses in the Cooperative
Planning Area Overlay District; and
(2)a variance to
(a)allow encroachment in a floodway; and
(b)raise the water surface elevation in a portion of Critical Flood Zone
1 to construct the Southeast Connector Regional Roadway.
The project extends about three and a half miles north from the South Meadows/Veterans Parkway intersection to Pembroke Drive about a mile east of its intersection with McCarran Boulevard. The site has Master Plan land use designations of Unincorporated Transition, Single Family Residential and Parks/Recreation/Open Space.
The Southeast Connector (SEC)) (formerly the Tahoe-Pyramid Link) has been planned for this area since 1964. The purpose of the roadway is to create a north-south regional linkage between the south Truckee Meadows and the City of Sparks. The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) both state that the existing roadway network is insufficient and that the need for the SEC is an important regional connectivity project. Specifically, the continued growth of the south Truckee Meadows is causing the existing road network to be insufficient for future needs.
The north-south connection has been in discussion within the Truckee Meadows for close to fifty years.
In January the project will go before the Regional Planning Commission to determine if to determine if it is in conformance with the Regional Plan as a Project of Regional Significance.