City of Reno sued for turning down 4,700-home project

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- The developer of a 4,700-home project in southeast Reno that the City Council turned down in November sued the city of Reno Friday in Washoe District Court, seeking to overturn the denial or get more than $50 million in damages.

The Reno City Council chambers during the hearing for the Daybreak development. Photo by Valentina Bonaparte/KOLO.

NPLC VS Investment Company LLC proposed the Daybreak Development over the next 15 years. It would have brought a development to the area between Hidden Valley, Donner Springs and South Meadows near Veterans Parkway, with a population greater than the city of Fallon once fully built.

The council voted against the project for several reasons, including that it was being built on a flood plain. The council also said the development went against the city’s master plan, meant to guide development.

The 48-page petition for judicial review and complaint for damages charges the Daybreak plan was consistent with the master plan in effect when the project was first proposed. It also said the more recent master plan allows building in flood plains with proper mitigation.

The suit also charges the city attempted to implement unreasonably strict building standards.

The suit also alleges the City of Reno required agreements for fire equipment and fire station improvements, affordable housing and money for parks that amount to more than $11.5 million in exactions.

The suit said city staff recommended approval of the development and the council ignored that.

The city of Reno released this statement:

"The Complaint has been referred to the City Attorney's Office. It is being reviewed."