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Planning Commission bids farewell to two long-serving members
by Joshua H. Silavent
Dec 03, 2011 | 491 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The Sparks Planning Commission approved changes to the Marina Landing Planned Development Handbook on Thursday, which will allow for new development at the southwest corner of Prater Way and Marina Gateway Drive.
Tribune/John Byrne The Sparks Planning Commission approved changes to the Marina Landing Planned Development Handbook on Thursday, which will allow for new development at the southwest corner of Prater Way and Marina Gateway Drive.
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SPARKS — Two members of the city’s Planning Commission termed out Thursday night following a regularly scheduled meeting.

Commissioners Scott Barnes and Mitch Nowicki were honored for their service and dedication to the city. Each concluded their second four-year term, but a stipulation could keep either around for another term.

If less than three candidates submit their names to replace either Barnes or Nowicki, it is possible either or both could be appointed to a new term. However, it appears both have no plans to seek a new term. However, Barnes did indicate to planning staff that he would fill in if necessary until a replacement is named.

The City Council is expected to appoint new members to the Planning Commission prior to the next scheduled meeting on Jan. 19.

In other news, the Planning Commission approved several changes to the Marina Landing Planned Development Handbook, including additional landscaping requirements in lieu of building frontage regulations and changes to signage criteria for a 3.86-acre site at the southwest corner of Prater Way and Marina Gateway Drive.

Senior planner Jim Rundle said the changes create flexibility for new development at the site and do not undermine previously established rules and regulations within the handbook.

A car wash already exists at the location, but the handbook changes allow for new development as requested by the Sparks Marina RV Park LLC for Maverick, Inc.

Rundle said it is unclear exactly what new developments will rise in the location.

The City Council must now approve the handbook changes before they can take effect.

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