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Issue Sheets Break Down Important Zoning Code Topics; Input Requested

First Issue Sheets Focus on Nonresidential and Mixed Use Areas

Post Date:04/10/2019 4:27 PM

Over the next several months, the Zoning Code RENOvation team will release a series of issue sheets that break down some of the key issues under consideration in the comprehensive update to the zoning code.

“We invite everyone in the community to provide input on what you see in these issue sheets. Your feedback will help us create the rules and regulations that you see in the first drafts of code,” Community Development Director Arlo Stockham said. 

The issue sheets will be released to the public approximately once a month through the project’s newsletter and posted on the City’s website. An online form will be available for individuals to submit feedback online, or comments may be sent to CodeUpdate@Reno.Gov.

Each issue sheet will be presented publicly at upcoming Reno Planning Commission and Reno City Council meetings. The public is welcome to provide public comment at these meetings as well. Below is the tentative schedule:

Issue Sheet Topics  Planning Commission Date  City Council Date
 Zoning Districts & Uses - Nonresidential Areas  April 17, 2019  May 8, 2019
 Zoning Districts & Uses - Neighborhoods  May 15, 2019  June 5, 2019
 Development Standards Part #1  June 19, 2019  July 24, 2019
 Development Standards Part #2  July 17, 2019  August 14, 2019
 Administration and Procedures  August 21, 2019  September 11, 2019
 Contingency for Outstanding Topics  September 18, 2019  October 2, 2019


Please note the dates are subject to change. Individuals are encouraged to check the Planning Commission and City Council agendas when they are posted for confirmation. 

Drafts of the various sections of code will begin to be released for public input in summer 2019. Public open houses and other ways to review the drafts and provide feedback are planned. Additional details about the schedule will be released in the future.

Issue Sheets on Nonresidential and Mixed Use Areas

In the first two issue sheets, zoning districts and uses for nonresidential and mixed use areas are discussed. Recommended changes are intended to implement the Master Plan and make the code easier to use and understand, while respecting area-specific planning efforts that have been completed.

Members of the public are invited to review the following documents:

Please submit input through the online form or by emailing CodeUpdate@Reno.Gov. Comments are requested to be submitted by May 7. 

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