The StoneGate development project will move forward following a Reno City Council vote Wednesday.

The Reno City Council voted 6-1 to change more than 1,000 acres southwest of Highway 395 from an industrial zone to a residential zone. This allows StoneGate developers to move forward with their plan to bring homes, apartments, and other amenities to the North Valleys.

"They chose to seek a zoning change to a residential so we can begin the process of building homes to meet the demand in our community," Greg Ferraro, Consultant and Strategist for StoneGate, said.

"We believe the project's designed to be a great place to raise families," Don Pattalock, Managing Member of StoneGate said.

The total plan covers 1,730 acres. It will include more than 4,100 homes and apartments. Pattalock says one of the main goals is to maintain the area's natural space.

"We have designed this to really be a northern Nevada community, not southern California comes to northern Nevada but open space, green belts," Pattalock said. "We love the sagebrush, we love the rolling hills, the streams."

StoneGate includes 360 acres north of Highway 395, on the south end of White Lake. The project includes a town center on 200 of those acres, with land set aside for a new high school and businesses.

"Out in North Valleys, which has been starved for a little bit of retail, we're looking at grocery stores, pharmacies, dry cleaners, emergency care," Pattalock said. "Basically, a community to grow in this area based around StoneGate. We see this as the hub for the greater North Valleys and the retail commercial components of the valley."

The developers will donate land for two schools, eight miles of trails, 400 acres of open space, and 50 acres for parks. Some residents say they like the idea because it will increase home values, improve the perception of the North Valleys, and increase amenities and services. Others say they do not want any new development.

"I chose Cold Springs as a place to live because I like it's rural character," Bill Guelker, Cold Springs resident said. "I like being able to see the stars at night, so I am prone to resist development efforts in the valley."

The biggest concern for many residents is the increase in traffic. Traffic already backs up during the morning and evening commutes between the spaghetti bowl and the North Valleys.

"Even on a good day, it's pretty bad and all extra traffic with no plans to expand capacity on 395 just seems like poor planning," Guelker said. "The longer they can hold off, the better until the infrastructure is in place to support it."

Developers say they are working with Nevada Department of Transportation and local agencies to improve infrastructure before the project would be completed. Pattalock says the community would be built over the course of 15-20 years and the first house will not be available until 2022 at the earliest.  Each phase will coincide with improvements on the highway, which will include adding additional lanes. Pattalock says they will not start on the final phase until the spaghetti bowl is improved to handle the capacity.

Water usage and sewage disposal were also concerns from residents, but councilman Paul McKenzie says with the way the city has worked with the developers, those concerns over infrastructure will be addressed.

"I live in the North Valleys," McKenzie said. "I have the concerns that my neighbors have up there. I feel with that we, working with the developer, have addressed those concerns."

"From schools to flooding, traffic, all the issues have been on the table," Pattalock said.