Stonegate planned community north of Reno gets green light

Published: Jul. 25, 2018 at 6:55 PM PDT
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Occupying 17 hundred acres below the northeastern slopes of Peavine Mountain in Cold Springs Valley, the Heinz Ranch dates back literally to our state's founding as a working ranch.

The vote by the Reno City Council July 25, 2018, sets in motion a much different future for it as Stonegate--a planned community eventually of 5 thousand homes, commercial properties, restaurants, schools and parks.

"It's set up very similar to what the South Meadows is set up now," says Don Pattalock, General Manager of Heinz Ranch Land Company. "It will become a community in its own right."

It hasn't happened without some controversy. A number of its neighbors objected, raising questions about increased traffic, water runoff, the loss of what has been open space.

But Wednesday's decision was really put into motion in 2005 after Nevada Land Trust efforts to set the ranch aside in a conservancy failed, and the city--in the midst of a very aggressive annexation period-- took it, and development of some sort was inevitable.

Pattalock says industrial zoning was a very real possibility.

"If it wasn't us coming in with a master planned community to raise families it was going to be concrete tilt-ups and industrial."

And, he says, the company has tried to meet neighbors' concerns. Development will be in phases, timed with already-planned improvements to 395 North.

Planned retention of runoff--a big concern in any of the closed basins in the north valleys after the winter before last--will far exceed what would normally be required.

And -- he says -- the history of the Heinz Ranch won't be forgotten as Stonegate is built.

The first homes could be under construction by 2020, helping address the area's housing shortage.

"We believe we are one piece of the solution. If we can start delivering lots to home builders and we can increase the supply of homes. We can level out the housing costs and potentially reduce the cost to buy a home in our region."