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Washoe County Commissioners Vote 3-1 on Spanish Springs Master Plan Amendment

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Residents in Spanish Springs are up in arms over a planned housing development in the area.

"There's been 4 to 5 workshops," said Ken Theiss of Spanish Springs. "None of the community has ever come out and spoken in favor of this, and we got hundreds of people."

The KLS Planning and Design Group represents Jim House who is applying with Washoe County to build the development.

"There's just been a lot of protecting the turf," said John Krmpotic with KRS Planning and Design Group. "We all respect that people want it to stay exactly as it is."

The development is planned to be off of Calle de la Plata, east of Pyramid Highway. As part of the Spanish Springs Area Master Plan, that particular area is currently classified as rural in Washoe County. In order to continue plans to build the development, House needs to change that designation as a residential area. 

"(Spanish Springs residents) Putting in a lot of effort into what they feel the character is for their area, and how it should develop out in the future, and what they want that area to look like in the future," said Bill Whitney, Director with the Washoe County Planning and Development division.

Many people who live around the area are opposed to the project.

"The reason we bought out in this area was to have some open land and open space, and this is going to bring a lot more people," said Sue Iversen of Spanish Springs. "It's going to get congested, and the reason we came out there was for the opposite reason."

"We don't want it in our backyard," Theiss said. "I don't think there's anything they can do to convince us, or change our mind."

People are concerned it could be an apartment complex, but Krmpotic told me the development has not been finalized.

"It could be several types of housing product," he said. "(possibly) a senior housing product, this is all in a handbook that we have prepared for application to the county."

On Tuesday night, dozens of residents came to the County Commission Chambers to voice their concerns about the project, but Commissioners voted 3 to 1 to move forward with the changes to the Master Plan. Commissioner Vaughn Hartung, who represents District 4 (includes Sparks, Spanish Springs, Wadsworth), voted to deny the motion.

The Master Plan Amendment now goes to the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency for approval. Then, it will go back to the County Commission for final action.

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Written by Adam Varahachaikol


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