Plan to build 78 homes west of Reno falls short

RENO, Nev (KOLO) -- A developer wants to build homes in the Boomtown area, but neighbors in the area say they're worried this could change their way of life.

After a few months of waiting, Meridian 120 South Village finally got the chance to present its development to the Reno Planning Commission.

The plan is to develop 78 lots. The majority of them would be around 10,000 square feet each and 14 are proposed to be one-acre lots. But people already living in the area are not happy

"My concerns are, number one, I feel my well will be in jeopardy," said a concerned resident.

The impact this could have on wells was a hot issue. Residents want the developer to bring in water through the Truckee Meadows Water Authority.

A spokesperson for the developer said they are working to make that happen.

Another issue residents addressed was flooding.

"Allowing the developer to add water to this drainage that has already maxed out capacity during heavy rainfall will be completely irresponsible," said a concerned resident.

Many people believe the proposed development will bring in more traffic, but the development team says it shouldn't be an issue.

"With these 78 lots, there is no impact at this time. That is not to say with the future build-up for Mortensen-Garson there wouldn't be impacts and we are going through the planning process and that analysis," said Andy Durling, Planner for Wood Rogers Inc.

Despite all the concerns, residents say their biggest one is how this proposed project would impact their quality of life.

"I'm concerned the development will prevent me from riding my horse from my house," said a concerned resident.

"To me, it doesn't seem like a great fit," said another concerned resident.

The Reno Planning Commission approved the tentative map for the project by a vote of three to one. But two members were absent and the rules state the majority of the total commission body must vote in favor, so the project did not pass.

The developer can appeal to the Reno City Council.

The Planning Commission did approve a special use permit and zoning change for the project, unanimously.