From the Ask Joe file, a lot of people have questions about Amazon's plan to move to a new site in north Reno.
Dan O'Connor wrote in asking about the move. He said the property in Lemmon Valley was previously zoned for residential use. He wants to know when it was changed to commercial to accomodate a project like this?
Joe looked at the area in Lemmon Valley using the Bing search engine mapping system. When the image was taken, the area was being prepped for a housing development with several residential streets and lots already mapped out and graded.
However, in July 2006, the City of Reno changed the zoning from residential to mixed use, to accomodate more business development. At the time, it was referred to as the North Virginia Transit Corridor.
Joe checked with Claudia Hanson in the city's Community Development office. She said there were public hearings held, and the change was approved by a vote during a public hearing of the City Council.
Hanson also reiterated that her office has not heard anything official from Amazon. But she also said until someone files an application for a business license, they would not expect to hear any more.
The only official paperwork that has been filed indicates that it is some type of distribution center under construction. But the folks at Amazon have told us they do plan to move to that site in Lemmon Valley once construction is finished.