Reno asks for public input on downtown action plan

The Reno Arch in downtown. Photo by Wade Barnett/KOLO
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The City of Reno is offering several opportunities for residents to give input on its Downtown Action Plan, which was authorized by Reno City Council in April 2016 and supports the city’s Thriving Downtown and University District strategic priority.

First, the public can complete the Reno Downtown Action Plan Online Survey now. You have until October 16, 2016 to take the survey.

The survey is an integral part of the city’s action plan process. The plan will identify priorities and actions to guide improvements in downtown Reno over the next several years.

Second, there are three upcoming public design and planning charrettes, focusing on opportunities to revitalize downtown Reno, at the McKinley Arts and Culture Center auditorium. The meeting schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, September 27
• 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Charrette – Public Working Session
Wednesday, September 28
• 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. - Progress Update to Working Groups. Discussion of Charrette in context of the common themes developed during the five working group sessions last month: Vibrant Economy; Public Realm and Urban Design; Transportation Solutions; Downtown Experience; and Housing and Livability.
• 3:30 – 5:30 Charrette – Public Working Session
Third, there is a Special Meeting of the Reno City Council on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 6 p.m.

What: Special Meeting - “Downtown 101”
When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at *6 p.m.
Where: Reno City Hall, first floor, Council Chamber, 1 East First Street in Reno
Who: Reno City Council
*This meeting will take place after the regular meeting of the Reno City Council and Redevelopment Agency Board, which starts at 10 a.m.

Council will take public comment. While no formal action will be taken at the meeting, Council will hear the following presentations:

B.1 - Best Practices in Downtown Management including private/public models for marketing, maintaining, improving and implementing downtown improvements.

B.2 - Opportunities for Reno including challenges, opportunities, improvements, and priorities.

B.3 - Consultant observations and first impressions of downtown Reno.

Brad Segal, President of Progressive Urban Management Associates (PUMA), will lead all three presentations. The City of Reno entered into a consultant agreement with PUMA in an amount not to exceed $99,800. View the Staff Report for more information on the goals and timeline of the Downtown Action Plan.

Meetings can be streamed at Reno.gov/Meetings or viewed on Charter Channel 194.