Commissioners approve Boomtown Truck Stop proposal

Reported by: Madison Corney
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Updated: 5/02/2013 3:41 pm
Reno, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Reno Planning Commissioners approved the Boomtown Truck Stop proposal with a majority vote tonight, May 1, 2013.

In 2007, a long time truck stop next to the Boomtown Casino was demolished to make way for Cabela's. Now, there's a proposal to build a new truck stop in the vacant lot adjacent to Cabela's off of Interstate 80 West.

The proposed Pilot Flying J Truck Stop wold feature a casino and a McDonald's as well as a walking path and dog park for those passing through.

The biggest issue with the proposal is it's location, just 250 feet away from residential parcels. The required distance is 1,320 feet. Commissioner Dagny Stapleton was the only one to vote against the variance that would allow the development within that 1,320 feet of residential parcels.

While there were some opponents of the development, the residents who would be directly affected by the truck stop had no issue with it. The Reno Planning Commission approved three special use permits unanimously and the variance was approved in a 5 to 1 vote.

Now, the proposal goes to the Reno City Council for final approval. If approved the project would bring 50 to 100 construction jobs, according to the developer, and more than 120 permanent jobs once it's complete.

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