I’ve been following over the last few weeks the developing story at washoevalley.org of the South Valleys Area Plan, or SVAP. It seems that a large developer is trying to push for high-density development in the Washoe Valley, since the Truckee Meadows where Reno is located is nearly full. So their thinking, I guess, is that it’s time to move on to the next, big, open valley and start filling that in too. And the Washoe County Commissioners, it seems, have no problem just rubber stamping anything the developers come up with
So the residents of Washoe Valley are starting to fight back, and starting to get pretty vocal in their opposition to the plan. The developer is responding with insults, calling them Chicken Littles. “They are going to get municipal water and sewer whether they like it or not,” said their lawyer. “They can have their rural lifestyles. But the only ones who are going to be able to live there are cows.” That’s nice and mature.
There was a county commissioner meeting last night on the subject, and Washoe Valley residents flooded the meeting. Over 300 of them showed up to speak the voice of the opposition, and it sounds like the county might be starting to listen and back down a little. I wish them luck, and I’ll be following the progress at washoevalley.org.