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Nearly 400 Homes Could Be Built in Verdi Area

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Many residents are opposed to an amendment that would allow 394 homes to be built in the Verdi area. The West Meadow Estates would be just north of Highway 40 and east of the Truckee River. While some say the development is a good thing, others say it completely changes the rural landscape of the area. The owner of the 200-acre property is hoping for approval to build a new development, with the single-family residences going on 99 acres.

"At four to the acre, that's not stuffing them in there, by any means," John Krmpotic, President of KLS Planning & Design said. "That's a very typical suburban development. So, think about, as you're coming into Verdi, you see that gorgeous neighborhood with very nice homes with trees."

159 homes were previously approved for the land, but that was before the property was annexed into the City of Reno. Carly Borchard grew up in Verdi and says the new plan is overkill for the area.

"It just doesn't fit with our community," Borchard said. "It doesn't fit in the area and there's a lot of concerns that come with the density."

The project would generate more sewage and traffic, and some fear fire and police services would be limited. About 1,400 people live in Verdi.

"It changes it dramatically," Borchard said. "This threatens to double our population, out here. Another 400 homes jeopardizes our quality of life."

Abel Del Real is the owner of Abel's Mexican Restaurant says the development will be good for the area and will offer more business opportunities and more customers.

"This location has been very challenging," Del Real said. "I've been here almost three years and it's good to know that we're going to be more on the map, so to speak. So, I welcome that idea. For me, it's exciting."

If approved, 45% of the development would be designated as open space.  Krmpotic says the six acres, designated as commercial space would have a mom and pop feel, and says the project would generate hundreds of jobs, from planning to construction.

"I hear it at all levels," Krmpotic said. "We're really pushing for economic development, more jobs, more industry. And what do you need? You've got to have good housing to go along with that."

If these changes are made, Krmpotic says the earliest we could work begin at West Meadows is in eight months to a year. A hearing will be at Reno City Hall, Wednesday at 6pm.

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