Downtown Streetscape Update

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Status Update

The proposed revisions to the Downtown Streetscape Design Standards were reviewed by the City Council on November 06, 2019, and were approved for 2nd Reading, which is scheduled for December 04, 2019. A copy of the draft approved for 2nd Reading can be found below.

Background

For the past 22 years the Streetscape Master Plan has been maintained and regulated jointly by staff members from Public Works, Community Development, Parks and Recreation, and the Redevelopment Agency.  During that time staff members and stakeholders have observed both successes and challenges, and the City Revitalization Manager has organized a cross-departmental team to capture those observations in the proposed revisions.  Some of the initial issues identified include, but are not limited to: ADA access (stamped concrete in particular), lack of uniform irrigation system standards, outdated materials and product standards, and an inconsistent infrastructure maintenance and ownership pattern resulting in dying vegetation and missing improvements.

The revision process is now in the adoption phase.  As previously mentioned, this is an update to an existing plan and so the revisions focused primarily on construction and design standards that were not functional or had other identified concerns.  This included modifying the existing, stamped concrete pattern with a more ADA compliant grid pattern, revising the tree well design to provide a larger natural surface area and more pedestrian walk space, and reformatting the document to make it more user friendly and easier to update in the future.  In addition, a separate document was created containing ideas and concepts that were not recommended by the stakeholder committee for adoption at this time but that merit future consideration by the Council.

Please contact Aric Jensen, AICP, with any questions or comments at jensena@reno.gov.  

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