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Flying J truckstop debate continues

Posted: March 21, 2008 09:15 AM PDT

A meeting over a truckstop construction proposal in northwest Reno drew more than a hundred people.

Residents near the Rob drive exit on interstate 80 where the truckstop is to be located say they don't want truck stop company "Flying J" to build in their neighborhood.

Flying J representatives say they don't understand why so many residents oppose the plan in its early stages before even the city chooses whether or not to re-zone the land for commercial use in the first place.

"I would appreciate it if they'd look for another place. I know it could be something that's needed as far as truck traffic but as for being so close to our neighborhood it seems there are other places they could look at." John Damera, a local resident says.

A re-zoning meeting will take place next month.

Residents say its not only traffic they're concerned about but crime, noise and air quality as well. They also presented a petition with 500 signatures opposing the project.

"Noise level, the pollution, the traffic, they say they're doing lots of studies but we want to make sure they're doing everything they can if they do come in, to make it as easy as possible to fit in with the neighborhood." Damera says.

The Flying J Company is now seeking an amendment to the master plan and a zoning change in order to build the truckstop. The issue will go before the planning commission sometime next month.

"I don't have a clear answer of why things didn't get fixed over the last three years. It's a combo of things we'll have to work together on to make sure it doesn't happen again." Said David Gore, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) regional engineer.