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For Customers:
The Community Development Department is adjusting its processes and procedures in response to COVID-19. The changes allow business operations to continue for customers without requiring face-to-face interactions. Read this information for how these changes may impact you if you normally do business with the Community Development Department.

For Businesses:
Per the Nevada Health Response COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Initiative, all non-essential businesses have been ordered to temporarily close to the public until April 16, 2020. Read this guide for additional information on operational restrictions and mandatory closures for certain types of businesses. The latest information will be available at Reno.Gov/COVID19.

In an effort to provide relief for businesses affected by the COVID-19 business restrictions, the City of Reno is extending the time for businesses to pay their license fees. The deadline for any business license fees due between March 27, 2020 and April 30, 2020 may be extended 30 days. Any other business that has been unable to pay fees due to the COVID-19 state of emergency may request an extension on a case by case basis. If you have questions, please call 775-334-2090 or email Due to high call volume, please leave a voicemail and a staff member will call you back as soon as possible. 


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City of Reno names Aric Jensen as new Community Development Director

Post Date:06/07/2016 10:26 AM
AricJensenThe City of Reno has announced the hire of Aric Jensen as its new Community Development Director. Jensen officially began his new position on Monday, June 6, 2016.

Jensen comes to the City of Reno with a wealth of planning experience for a number of Utah municipalities. Most recently, he was a Town Planner for Vineyard, Utah. He was also the Community Development Director at one time for Centerville City. After that, Jensen was the Planning and Economic Development Director for Bountiful City, Utah for nearly 10 years.

He has more than 20 years of experience working with communities in both the public and private sectors, with 11 years of experience as a Municipal Planning Director.

“As we build on our newly established strategic priorities, we’re excited to welcome Aric to the team,” Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger says. “He will play a pivotal role in all of them, particularly in fostering our neighborhoods and making our business environment even more efficient and customer-friendly.”

“After my family, community planning is my personal passion in life,” Jensen says. “I enjoy working with residents, employees, Council Members, special interest groups, and other stakeholders in creating the best community possible.”

The Community Development department is responsible for the physical and economic development and growth of the City of Reno. The activities of the department range from maintaining the long range plans for the City to reviewing plans for new buildings and issuing business licenses.
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