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September 13, 2017 Reno City Council Highlights

Post Date:09/13/2017 11:17 PM

In our ongoing commitment to keep citizens and media informed, we’ve summarized the outcomes of a few key agenda items from today’s Regular Meeting of the Reno City Council. The agenda numbers provide convenient links to corresponding City of Reno Staff Reports.

Council directs staff to move forward with adult business ordinance amendments (J.2)

There was a presentation and discussion on the proposed adult business ordinance amendments. Council approved to accept the staff report, with modifications as follows. Council took separate votes:


- Alcohol in conforming locations only

- Amortization (grace period) of alcohol use in nonconforming locations to be determined; will be longer than six months. This will go to Planning Commission first.

Approved, 5-to-2


- Nonconforming locations only: (1) digital prohibited; (2) wall sign only; and (3) limited to one square foot of sign area per lineal foot of building frontage

- 6-month amortization for nonconforming locations

Approved, unanimous


- Conforming locations only

- 5-year amortization for nonconforming locations

Approved, 5-to-2

Council also approved proposed revisions within Titles 4, 5, 8 and 18, including code amendments in the area of business license, public safety and land development. Staff will bring back information on questions that were raised on ReTRAC properties.

Approved, unanimous

Council moves forward with Pembroke Recreational Complex agreement (J.3)

In a 6-to-1 vote, Council approved an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with Rosewood Lakes Sports Village (RLSV), LLC for the Pembroke Recreational Complex, which includes Rosewood Lakes Golf Course. The City and RLSV will negotiate a definitive development agreement in which RLSV will be responsible for the costs to develop, operate and maintain the property as a public parkland/open space. The overall goal of this project is to increase the number of athletic fields for locals as well as create a positive economic impact for Reno by creating a sports complex that can host large regional and national athletic tournaments.

Council approves regional effluent agreement (J.4)

Council unanimously approved the agreement between Tahoe Reno Industrial General Improvement District (TRIGD), the City of Reno and the City of Sparks as owners of the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility for delivery and use of treated effluent. This agreement will allow TRIGD to purchase 4,000 acre-feet annually of treated effluent from Reno and Sparks for the purposes of providing manufacturing processed water. The initial term of the agreement is for 30 years, which can be extended for two successive periods of 20 years each upon mutual written agreement.

B.2 - Downtown Dog Park

Council unanimously approved acceptance of a $25,000 donation from Dorothy and Chi Chi Bengochea to support the construction of the downtown dog park. The dog park will be located on the ReTRAC lids west of Sierra Street. The City has committed $75,000 for the approximate $100,000 project. By accepting this donation, the City can move forward in the process to get construction drawings in preparation to bid the project out.

Traner Pool

B.3 - Council unanimously approved acceptance of a $10,000 In-Kind Donation from D&D Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc. for repairs and materials of the mechanical building roof at Traner Pool.

B.4 - Council unanimously approved acceptance of a $50,000 donation from the Northern Nevada Building and Construction Trades Council Development Corporation, dba Carville Park Apartments, to support the renovations at Traner Pool.

Although some of the damage will be covered by insurance claims and funding set aside by Council to reopen Traner Pool, the City is still short of being able to fully update the facility. In addition to the aforementioned donations, staff is completing an application to the Pennington Foundation for the remaining funding needed.

D.1 - Proclamation

Reno-Tahoe International Airport representatives presented a Proclamation recognizing David Apkarian, American Airlines employee, for his recent kindness and compassion while assisting a passenger in need.

G.1 - Off-Premise Advertising Displays (Billboards)

Council unanimously approved to adopt the ordinance pertaining to Off-Premise Advertising Displays (billboards). The ordinance amends the Reno Municipal Code to:

(1) Prohibit the construction of digital off-premise advertising displays, including LED.

(2) Remove the ability to issue banked receipts for demolished off-premise advertising displays.

(3) Temporarily prohibit the use of some banked receipts issued prior to October 24, 2012 until clarified by the courts.

H.7 - Internet Sales Site (RPD)

Pursuant to AB 297, Council unanimously approved to adopt a Resolution designating the Reno Police Department (RPD) as the City of Reno location at which two or more persons may meet to complete the sale of an item of personal property that was initiated on the Internet. For operational efficiencies, RPD Command staff has specified a particular day and time frame that such transaction can occur at the police station. RPD has designated Wednesdays between 3 to 5 p.m. for members of the public to conduct such activity.

J.5 - Virginia Street Bus RAPID Extension Project

There was a presentation and discussion about the vision for Virginia Street in the Midtown corridor as part of the Regional Transportation Commission's (RTC) Virginia Street Bus RAPID Extension Project. Council confirmed the preferred lighting (circular dark bronze) and the inclusion of planter areas, visually appealing material such as pervious pavers, seat walls and grey stripe concrete sidewalk. Final design is expected to be complete in June 2018. Council included in the motion that RTC continue to work closely with the Arts and Culture Commission on incorporating art and the Urban Forestry Commission on the planting of trees and options for tree wells.

J.7 - Bella Vista Parcel

J.7.1 - There was a Public Auction and acceptance of the highest bid by Resolution for the sale of City-owned property identified as Assessor Parcel Number 165-060-01 located at the intersection of Veterans Parkway and Long Meadow Drive. The bid was $2,410,000 from Silverado Homes Nevada, Inc., plus $2,000 for the cost of sale.

J.7.2 - Council unanimously approved the sale via Resolution.

K.1 - Citizen Appointments to Boards and Commissions

K.1.1 - Council unanimously approved appointment of Jack Mayes to the Access Advisory Committee.

K.1.2 - Council unanimously approved appointment of Kathleen Eagan to the Ward 4 Neighborhood Advisory Board.

Council Donation Funds

Council unanimously approved the following donations:

L.2 - Reallocation of $5,000 to the Arts, Culture and Special Events budget to offset costs associated with the Fiesta Latin@ cultural celebration event to be held September 23, 2017 at Reno City Plaza [Delgado]

L.3 - $1,000 to The First Tee of Northern Nevada to support its mission of enhancing youth development through the game of golf [Delgado]

L.4 - $500 to Eyes for Tomorrow Puppy Raiser to assist them to continue their work focusing on puppy-raising groups for Guide Dogs for the Blind [Schieve]

L.5 - $1,000 to Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) [Schieve]

L.6 - $5,000 to the Trauma Intervention Program of Northern Nevada [Schieve]

M.1 - Sierra Senior Care PUD Amendment

In a 5-to-2 vote, Council approved Planning Commission’s recommendation to adopt the requested zoning text amendment by ordinance, subject to compliance with Condition A, which includes changes to the Planned Unit Development (PUD) Design Guidelines. The ordinance was referred for a second reading and adoption. The ordinance changes the text in the PUD Design Standards to: add a 32-bed memory care facility and an 82-bed assisted living facility. The property is located in the area bounded by Mountain View Drive to the north and Beck Street to the south in the PUD zone.

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