June 6, 2018 Reno City Council Highlights
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 Reno Fire Department introduced the 16 new recruits who are currently working in the academy. RFD said the recruits may be able to contribute to the upcoming wildfire season. They have 12 weeks of training left and all are expected to graduate.
Council passed these resolutions to support age-friendly best practices, along with approval of $4,000 in funds to boost the Senior Food Box meal program. Council approved a grant of $2,500 to the Center for Healthy Aging to assist with the Elder Gap Service Program.
E.1 - UNR Gateway District Presentation
University of Nevada, Reno President Dr. Marc Johnson presented updates and options for growth in the area south of campus. Map options included a new parking garage, Life Sciences buildings and a College of Business expansion, along with new apartments and housing.
E.4 - Citation Award
The Nevada Recreation and Park Society awarded outgoing Assemblywoman Amber Joiner for work in the 2017 legislative session to pass AB 379. The bill grants power to the City of Reno and other municipalities to be able to create parks, trails and support open space districts.
E.3 - Washoe County Homeless Youth
Council heard a presentation from Monica DuPea, the Executive Director of the Nevada Youth Empowerment Project. She explained that over 100 youth up to age 24 were surveyed. 58% were men, and 20% identified as LBGTQ. 54% had either been in high school or had graduated. DuPea said half of respondents said they were homeless in part because they could not afford rent payments.
Council approved amended regulations and ordinances that modify license fees for marijuana businesses, from a flat fee to a three percent quarterly privileged license fee. The ordinance also sets a 2500-foot minimum distance between retail marijuana stores. No existing business will need to be relocated, however.
Another modification would limit hours of all marijuana stores from 8:00am to 12:00am. The hours of operation would be effective as of September 1, 2018, but implementation could be changed by council before that date.
M.1 - Meridan 120 South Appeal Hearing
Council voted to affirm the denial of an application by a developer seeking to build 78 homes south of I-80 near Boomtown. The initial decision did not meet the 4-vote approval needed in the Planning Commission and was denied. The developer appealed the ruling for today’s hearing. The affirmation of the denial includes remanding the review to the Planning Commission for water use negotiations, structural improvements, and public safety agreements.
L.5 - Evans Park Historic Homes
Council approved a motion to encourage the Truckee Meadows Heritage Trust in its submittal in a Request for Proposal for relocation of eleven historic homes in the University district. The motion did not commit the city to use the Evans Park location if the RFP is chosen. The motion also directed staff to continue to research options for the city to play in role in the homes’ preservation.
F.1 - Rancharrah PUD Amendment Ordinance Introduction
Council heard a presentation and details about requested changes to the zoning standards for the Rancharrah Planned Unit Development located near Kietzke Lane and Del Monte Lane. That includes modifications for land uses, parking requirements, and height requirements for the cottages land use designation.
Council approved Master Plan and zoning changes to the parcel at 4855 Echo Avenue. The changes modified the master plan designation from industrial to public facility and the zoning designation from public facility to industrial commercial. This will allow for a range of industrial and commercial uses.