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Tribune graphic -- The Springs Lutheran Church is scheduled to go before the Washoe County Planning Commission in December. If approved, the 6,000-square-foot facility would require about six months of construction before being operable in Spanish Springs.
Tribune graphic -- The Springs Lutheran Church is scheduled to go before the Washoe County Planning Commission in December. If approved, the 6,000-square-foot facility would require about six months of construction before being operable in Spanish Springs.
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The Washoe County Planning Commission is examining a Special Use Permit application for The Springs Lutheran Church, a planned 6,000-square-foot religious assembly hoping to build on a vacant 2.62-acre lot located on Rockwell Boulevard just north of La Posada Drive in Spanish Springs.

Owner Arthur Pastel said the facility will be divided into two equal 6,000 square foot parts for 250-seat worship hall and the rest for public space. He said, if approved by the Planning Commission in December, construction of the church would be four to six months and would include connection or installation of water and sewer lines, parking lots, lighting, beautification and a monument sign.

“The parcel is in a developed area with direct access to streets and convenient access

to utilities,” Pastel said in his application. He said the impact to the neighborhood would be minimal and traffic increases would only occur Sunday mornings.

Pastel added that the “unsightly vacant parcel” will be covered with landscaping upgrades facing Rockwell Boulevard and Pyramid Way.

“The project has been designed in a manner to minimize impacts to the adjoining

neighbors,” Pastel said. “Project architecture that includes a bell tower/steeple is

traditional to blend in with the single family homes and fencing material that

complements the suburban/rural nature of the neighborhood.”

The development project will go before the Washoe County Planning Commission Dec. 3. Public comment is still open for the project and the entire application and map design can be viewed at www.washoecounty.us.

The Washoe County Board of Commissioners will be considering the construction of Dream Valley Stables, a project brought forth by Don Gephart to build new commercial stables at 2940 Barranca Drive in Spanish Springs. The near 40-acre land sits about four miles east of Pyramid Highway and Calle de la Plata.

The land currently sits undeveloped, according to Washoe County Board of Adjustment staff, with one residence, an existing outdoor arena, corrals, stables and a barn. The Dream Valley Stables, if approved, will not come with any public address announcement capabilities and would operate Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to dusk.

Gephart’s planned facility, would allow horse boarding for up to 50 horses, training, breeding and various lessons for riders and owners. Gephart also plans to host 4H activities at Dream Valley Stables.

Construction, according to the Washoe County staff report, would occur in three phases and will begin by building two stable buildings occupying about 1,200 square feet each. A barn covering about 4,800 square feet will complete phase two. Phase three will include construction of a Mare breeding center using a 4,800 square foot stable structure.

Gephart said the commercial stables would not impose on any neighboring residences citing limited lighting, low traffic impacts and bountiful separation between pasture and surrounding developments as positives for the community. He said the intent of the stables is to “blend with and complement the rural residential character of the area.”
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