Letter from Verdi to Reno City Council Regarding LDC17-00061

The Developer:

Reno Land, Inc.

6001 Talbot Ln.

Reno, NV 89509


(775) 432-7110

Reno City Council:

(775) 334-4636


When contacting Reno about issues affecting Verdi please use

the contact information below. Address the email to the city

clerk, and cc any/all city council members. When

contacting them about this issue, please request in the

opening sentence that “This email be added to the

official record for LDC17-00061”


City Clerk: beaty-benadomb@reno.gov

Mayor Hillary Schieve: schieveh@reno.gov

Council Member David Bobzien: bobziend@reno.gov

Council Member Jenny Brekhus: brekhusj@reno.gov

Council Member Naomi Duerr: duerrn@reno.gov

Council Member Oscar Delgado: delgadoo@reno.gov

Council Member Paul Mckenzie: mckenziep@reno.gov

Council Member Neoma Jardon: jardonn@reno.gov


Dear City Council,


Case: LDC17-00061

Please add this email to the

official record for LDC17-00061

I come before you in opposition to the Meridian 120 South project and to encourage you to deny the appeal and, ultimately, to deny the entire Meridian 120 South development project altogether.   The project represents an exploitative, expansionary development that in conjunction with other large projects in the works threatens the safety, health, education, desires, and character of the Verdi community.

It should be with great pride that we all bear witness to the Verdi community who have come before you to document the potential issues of this project. From water usage, storm drainage, increased traffic, and nonexistent utilities to the lack of fire protection, destruction of wildlife corridors, and population growth, our community of ‘everyday people’ spanning all walks of life have highlighted and characterized legitimate concerns about the Meridian 120 South project.

Our constituents have accumulated a substantial amount of evidence that justifies not making any number of these findings. Ultimately however, it has become apparent to the Verdi community that the way things work in Reno is fundamentally disjointed from the residents of Verdi.

As we move forward in this process, I encourage you with great passion and understanding to realize the intentions that Verdi residents have for their community.  After all, we live here, you don’t!  It is this sort of passion that defines the soul of a city and is something the Council should be investing in 1000%.

Is this passion shared by the Meridian 120 South developer? One developments that was before this council was the West Meadows Estates.  The West Meadow Estates is now moving forward and gouging out a permanent scar across the Verdi landscape. That project was spearheaded by Rob Fitzgerald who upon receiving your approval promptly sold out to the DR Horton corporation, which now hauls off truckloads of Verdi in exchange for shareholder profits.  Is Mr. Fitzgerald part of your vision for our community? I suspect not.

There is more than enough evidence to stop this inadequate proposal in its tracks.  You have allowed two projects to move forward that is enough.  Thank you for your understanding of the community of Verdi.

Meridian 120 SOUTH

We all knew it was coming; here it is.  Meridian 120 South is here to add a little more density to the already overcrowded Meridian 120 North plan.  A whole bunch of 6,000 SF & 9,000 SF lots.

The attached link paints a very pretty picture to potential buyers, as it cites massive growth due to Tesla’s arrival (it doesn’t say anything about the shortfalls in Tesla’s growth estimates).

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Verdi Community Update: July 26, 2016

As we move into the heat of the summer, we hope this newsletter finds you well and safe!

Here are a few updates on issues in Verdi. We assemble these from activities, County and City permit filings and meetings with people hoping to move into our community. If you find an issue the Verdi residents would like to hear about please send them our way.

Our last update invited everyone to a meeting put on by the City of Reno at Boomtown which was held Saturday May 21st. There were over 100 residents in attendance and the City has updated their email database with those present to receive updates. City Staff presented a basic area plan as it currently exists, explained the “sphere of influence” (what it allows and does not allow), and touched briefly on their internal role/process as development projects are presented. They set up “break out” groups for presentations including: Transportation, Public Safety, Water/Sewer and Schools. The forwarded email below is what has been provided as a recap. If you were unable to attend please feel free to email Barbara DiCianno at the email listed below should you like to be included on future City email updates.

Unfortunately the State water engineer did not make the meeting, which was obviously one of the greatest “of interest” items for our residents. Councilmember Jardon requested the State Water Engineer’s Office present information related to Verdi and water allocation. Representatives from the State Water Engineer’s office will make that presentation to City Council at the Wednesday, July 27 City Council meeting. The meeting begins at 10am and the item is J.4 on the agenda, entitled:

“Presentation regarding the allocation of water to various projects and the process the state uses to allocate and monitor water rights and groundwater supplies, including development proposals in the Verdi area”.

While we just received notification of this email Friday we appreciate it is short notice, if your unable to attend you can watch the meeting at your convenience at: http://renocitynv.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx

Another take away from this meeting by our County Commissioner Herman was that Verdi needs an active voice. Several requests have been submitted to “reinitiate” our Community Advisory Board (CAB). This item was discussed by the County Commissioners June 28th, where it was suggested to combine the existing West Truckee Meadows CAB with the inactive Verdi CAB… to have one CAB. The board item is to be represented August 9th to the commissioners where they will determine how many positions will be made available (two are being recommended), as well as particulars on procedures moving forward and details on submitting applications. We strongly believe this will assist in keeping Verdi in the loop on upcoming projects/plans in our community and provide a platform to address any concerns or issues that affect our residents. We will be sure to provide updates as this progresses

In speaking with the Developer of West Meadows Estates, it appears they anticipate to start grading by the end of this year, 2016. The water infrastructure extension is tentatively scheduled to begin in approximately two months. So big changes/construction forth coming.

There is a new owner of the Wells Manufacturing warehouses who is also going to be making significant improvements to the property starting in the next six months. He is a native Nevadan who graduated from UNR and resides in the area. The location has been approved through Washoe County to be used as a medical marijuana cultivation and extraction operation. No dispensary operations, retail sales or distribution of any kind will be conducted at the Verdi site. There will be minimal employees, no signage and traffic does not appear to be a concern. The buildings south side (facing the street) will be renovated and all entry locations removed. Product will be moved in unmarked vehicles. No large trucks involved. Unlike previous reports by others concerning a large “ground plume” moving from the building, no evidence of this has been found to date. The property will be thoroughly landscaped and re-shelled. All business will be conducted on the North East side of the property. The owner is extremely proactive and sensitive to our small town feel and seems to simply want to “fit in” to the area. As always, water is the biggest concern. They opted to not hook into TMWA’s water infrastructure and will be installing a large water tank behind the fencing to address State Fire code.

Lastly, Village 6 of Sommerset was presented at the July 11th Neighborhood Advisory Board. It appears this particular “Village” is going to be the most invasive to the Verdi Community as it will build out the back portion of the development( located on the Eastern hill above West Meadows). Access to the presentation documents for this project can be accessed your reference at the link to the calendar page of Reno.gov. This item is currently scheduled to be heard by the planning commission August 17th.

As always, should you have any questions, concerns or feedback feel free to contact us. Thank you!

Carly Borchard

Verdi Community Meeting 5.21.16 – Land Use

Verdi Community Meeting 5.21.16 – Schools

Verdi Community Meeting 5.21.16 – Transportation

Verdi Community Meeting 5.21.16 – Waste Water

Verdi Community Meeting Presentation 5-21-16 – Fire

Verdi Community Mtg 5.21.16 – RPD

Verdi Water Facility Plan 10-6-15 map

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Presentations Available from May 21st Meeting With Reno Councilmember Neoma Jardon

For those who weren’t able to make it (or for those who were but enjoyed the presentations enough to look again), the presentations that were provided on May 21st are available below for download.  They are also available on the City of Reno: Ward 5 website.

Crystal Peak Park Cleanup Event June 14

Team and Park Enthusiasts,

It’s time for our second park clean-up at Cabela’s adopted county park and your local gem, Crystal Peak, on Tuesday, June 14 from 9 to 11am. Please park in the lower lot by the river and ponds and we’ll do whatever chores and maintenance the county park ranger has organized for us. If you have an ATV/UTV and want to bring it to help haul debris, that would be great. Just email me by June 12 so I can let the park ranger know a couple days in advance how many of us will be there so he can have enough tools, bags, etc., for us.

For Cabela’s outfitters, you can either sign the sign-up sheet in the break room or just email me. Thanks and see you at our beautiful neighborhood park June 14. Feel free to share this with your neighbors and friends via email or social media.

RSVP to:  james.klund (@) cabelas (dot) com

Verdi Community Meeting this Saturday with Reno City Council

Just a friendly reminder for the City of Reno’s – “Verdi Area Plan” meeting this Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 9:30am. The meeting will take place in one of Boomtown’s Conference Rooms.


Click the following link for a summary agenda of the items that will be covered. This meeting should present a lot of useful information and insight for our community. We very much hope to see you there!


Reno Hosting Verdi Community Meeting May 21st

Ward 5 Councilmember Neoma Jardon would like to invite you to a Verdi community meeting on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Boomtown from 9:30a.m. to 1:30p.m. Representatives from the City of Reno and a number of other agencies will be there to present information on several topics related to development within the City of Reno and Verdi Sphere of Influence.
After an opening presentation on land use history and existing entitlements, there will be four breakout sessions on specific topics. They are:
1) Water/Sewer Service

2) Traffic/Roads

3) Public Safety

4) Schools
Each breakout session will last approximately 45 minutes, include time for questions and answers, and be repeated on the hour.  This will allow attendees to participate
in more than one session.
DAY:             Saturday, May 21, 2016

TIME:           9:30a.m. to 1:30p.m.

WHERE:       Boomtown Reno, Verdi Meeting Room 2100 Garson Road, Verdi, NV
We hope you can join us for this informational meeting.
For more information about the meeting, please contact Claudia Hanson, Community Development Planning Manager, at hansonc@reno.gov.
As space is limited, please e-mail your RSVP to diciannob@reno.gov.