Boomtown housing project voted down by Reno City Council

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- A controversial project in the Boomtown area is looking to get the green light from the Reno City Council, but residents there are firmly against the proposal.

The plan is to develop 78 lots, which would be located southeast of the intersection of Boomtown Garson Road and Blue Heron Circle.

The project will include one-acre lots and single-family residential. The developer says this project will help the region's housing shortage.

People against the proposal worry bringing in this project will have an impact on their water wells. But those with the project believe otherwise.

"The results we have gotten so far, the aquifer has capacity for the development that is proposed. If the state engineer finds otherwise he won't sign," said an official with the Meridian 120 South project.

Opponents argue everything should be in writing and the council shouldn't take the developer's word.

"There is not yet an agreement with Truckee Meadows Water Authority. All we have heard is that there is going to be one, it's not done yet. That is a major concern for us," says a concerned resident.

Residents also argued the proposed development will bring in more traffic and it will affect their way of life.

The number of uncertainties was enough for the council as they voted to affirm the denial of the application. Now it will go back to the Reno Planning Commission, so the water, structural improvement and public safety agreements can be completed.