Report on Reno Planning Commission meeting of June 18, 2009

The neighbors of Northwest Reno won a significant battle in the war against the Flying J truckstop. The June 18 Planning Commission meeting was well attended and the council chambers were full, indicating approximately 130-140 people were in attendance. Approximately 20-30 people made public comments, while another 30-40 filled out comment cards but elected not to speak. The commissioners read every name on each comment card and whether or not the person was for or against Flying J's application. All were opposed. A group of neighbors, including Rob and Joann Morrison, Fred Frampton, Bill Pollard, and Shannon Dressel prepared and presented detailed responses to the five "findings" that the Planning Commission was required to make in order to approve Flying J's request. The Planning Commission voted 4-2 to deny Flying J's application for a Special Planning Area designation. One of the Commissioners noted that it was the organized approach of the neighbors that made the difference in their decision. The next step in the process would be for Flying J to appeal the decision to the City Council - they have 10 days after the meeting to do so. It was estimated that if they do appeal, the issue will not go before the City Council before late August or early September.


Reno planners say no to Northwest truck stop

(The following report is from KRNV)

Posted: June 19, 2008 06:46 AM PDT
Updated: June 20, 2008 07:22 AM PDT

In a four to two decision Wednesday night, the Reno Planning Commission denied a master plan amendment to the McQueen Neighborhood Plan.  This amendment would have changed zoning south of Robb Drive from residential to special use.  Although tonight's meeting was not meant to specifically talk about the Flying J Truck Stop, dozens of Northwest residents expressed their concerns. Those who spoke said they do not oppose development in the area they just don't want to see truck stops appear in residential areas.  Even if the amendment had been approved, the zoning change from residential to special use would not have allowed a truck stop in the area. That would require industrial zoning.  Last fall, the Reno City Council officially defined a truck stop in a new city ordinance. The ordinance states truck stops will only be allowed in areas zoned industrial. It states truck stops must be at least one-quarter mile from homes and less than 15-hundred feet from an interstate off ramp. Wednesday night's decision will automatically go to the Reno City Council for the appeal process.