Washoe County Planner Eric Young will address the commission about how changes to the two-map system work. The county changed from a one-map system about one year ago.
At the Spanish Springs Citizen Advisory Board meeting in January, Young said the two-map system would give communities more control over master plan and zoning changes.
At the meeting, Young explained that while there is still a master plan map that would include larger areas for specific uses, there would also be a separate zoning map of smaller areas within the master plan. He said this would mean that under a general rural land use area, a person owning a parcel would be able to rezone the unit to something acceptable under the general rural master plan, such as low-density suburban, but wouldn’t have to go through the lengthy process to change the master plan for the whole community.
“Under a one-map system your zoning and your land use are the same designation,” Young said in January. “So general rural is a master plan vision and a zoning designation. Under a two-map system, by contrast, you separate those two. You have one map, a master plan map that depicts what your long-term vision is. Your second map tells what zoning occurs under the long-term vision of the system.”
In addition to reviewing the two-map system, the planning commission also will hear a presentation about the Washoe County Green Team.
On Thursday, the Washoe County Board of Adjustment will meet at 1:30 p.m. to discuss changes to building projects and special-use permits in the area, including the La Posada Bar and Grill’s request for more time to build its project.
According to staff reports, the owners of the La Posada Bar and Grill have asked for three more years to be added to their permit, allowing the project to be completed by June 1, 2014 instead of June 1, 2011. Reasons for the request include a delay in construction to move a gas main, which requires the approval of the Nevada Department of Transportation. The owners also say economic conditions have made it difficult to secure financing.
At the Spanish Springs CAB meeting on Jan. 12, members of the board expressed their disapproval of extending the time allotted for the project and said the community did not support a 24-hour bar within one mile of three schools. The board recommended the special-use permit not be revised.
The Washoe County Planning Commission meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Washoe County Administration Complex’s Community Development large conference room in Building A (room No. A-265). The Washoe County Board of Adjustment meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Washoe County Health Department building. Both meetings can be found on the county complex campus at 1001 E. Ninth St. in Reno.
Commission meetings are televised live and can be seen on Charter digital channel 217 and can be viewed live online at www.washoecounty.us/mgrsoff/wctv.html.