Prado Ranch North subdivision proposal denied

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) UPDATE: The Washoe County Planning Commission has voted not to approve the proposed Prado Ranch North subdivision.

The unanimous decision came down just before 11 p.m. July 3, 2018 after six hours of deliberation.

The development would have brought about 500 homes to the area of Chickadee and Lemmon Drive.

Neighbors argued it would have disrupted their rural lifestyle and had flooding concerns.

When asked if the developers plan to appeal, one told KOLO 8 News Now they have no comment.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Washoe County Planning Commission will vote July 3 on a proposal for Prado Ranch North. The development is a subdivision in Lemmon Valley that would be nearly 155 acres.

"The original master plan says four homes to an acre," Tammy Holt, a Lemmon Valley resident, says. "Now, they want to do six homes to an acre."

Holt says the new homes would jeopardize those already living in the area. Past flooding has made the area unstable, but the county engineer says they will build infrastructure to address the concerns.

"What they're going to end up doing is creating by filling in because this was all flood plain area," Holt says. "They're going to end up flooding the residents."

Robert Ross has lived in Lemmon Valley for 15 years and says the area can't handle more homes.

"We don't have the infrastructure for it," Ross says. "Drive down Lemmon Drive and you can feel the road crumbling from the water." Ross says the flooding needs to be addressed before even considering new developments.

Many residents are expected to testify at the meeting, but they may have an uphill battle ahead because the staff recommendation is to approve the project with conditions.

You can find a full copy of the report here.