May 27, 2020 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:
C.3 - Evans Creek Annexation
Council denied the introduction of an ordinance to annex approximately 1,019 acres near Evans Creek in southwest Reno. While no development was associated with the request, any future development of the site will require details including access, lot layout, utilities, trails, hillside development and environmental protection.
Council found the land in question did not follow guidelines, criteria, and appropriateness for annexation.
D.1.1 - ReIgnite Reno: Parks
Staff presented the council with updates and plans for reopening of parks, amenities, programs, and pools across the city. The plan is subject to change at any time based on further guidance from the Governor and the State of Nevada’s Phase 2 operations:
Phase 2 highlights are as follows:
Beginning Friday, May 29, outdoor sports courts and skate parks will reopen to the public.
Vacation Station children’s summer camps will open on June 8 at Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center and Plumas Gym with significant modifications: including reduced enrollment and no field trips or swimming. Registration is not currently open. Details will be announced soon.
Northwest Pool and Idlewild Pool will reopen on June 8 for lap swim and water fitness classes only. Pre-registration is required. Locker rooms will be closed.
Vacation Station children’s summer camp will open on June 15 at McKinley Arts & Culture Center with significant modifications: including reduced enrollment and no field trips or swimming. Registration is not currently open. Details will be announced soon.
Athletics fields for youth sports are to be determined, but planned for Phase 2.
C.5.1 - ReIgnite Reno: Alcohol
Council approved an additional exemption to the existing moratorium on the issuance of new packaged alcohol business licenses. This will allow existing bars and restaurants that have on site alcohol licenses and are located outside the Downtown area to also obtain packaged alcohol business licenses. The goal is to help existing bars and restaurants recover from financial impacts related to COVID-19. Packaged alcohol business licenses permit businesses to sell unopened alcohol beverages for off-site consumption.
D.2.1 - Every Square Inch
Staff presented the council with the “Every Square Inch” program. It would identify underutilized remnant areas and match them with persons or entities in the community who could put the space to beneficial use.