Proposed development prompts flood concerns among residents

Reported by: Madison Corney
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Updated: 6/20/2013 11:43 pm
Reno, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Spanish Springs residents are speaking out against a proposed development that could change the entire master plan for the area.

Ken Theiss, lives off of Calle De La Plata in Spanish Springs and says part of his frustration comes from flood control concerns, but he is also bothered by the thought of losing his rural way of life.

Sugarloaf Peak, LLC a developer in Nevada is working to build a multi-family development called "Village at the Peak." The development would be located directly behind Ken's home.

Ken says, "People didn't come out to live in sub divisions... they came out here  to be in the rural, to be out in the country, to have some space."

The developer, Sugarloaf Peak, LLC and KLS Planning & Design Group have been working to make an amendment to the master plan of the Spanish Springs area in order to change existing land use designations.

When recent rainstorms hit and caused flooding across the Spanish Springs area, Ken and his neighbors became even more concerned about the proposed development saying, "We're paying $88 a year for flood control and it obviously didn't work."

On the day of the storm, Claudi Milligan told News 4, new housing developments are why her yard and garage were overrun by flood waters, "When we bought this home it was supposed to be on the high end, they dug us down and now we are the tracking point to go down with all the water flow."

Ken and his neighbors say they were told they wouldn't have to worry about over development out at Calle De La Plata and Pyramid Way, but now the KLS Plannig and Design Group is working to amend the master plan so that Sugarloaf Peak, LLC can build right in their backyards.

Assemblyman Ira Hansen says it doesn't make any sense to build the multi-family development there, "I am a contractor, so I favor development, but that's why we have zoning and we have master planning and we have things to make it so that it's reasonable, this is clearly not reasonable."

Assemblyman Hansen also said he doesn't know anyone in the area that supports the project, making residents feel as if their opinions don't matter.

For more about the proposed development and the amendment visit:

http://www.washoecounty.us/comdev_files/bc/bc_pc_2012_cases/mpa12001app.pdf

http://www.washoecounty.us/large_files/agendas/021213/30.pdf
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