Haw said in his application the "grading and excavating" to the Spanish Springs Business Center property will occur west of Pyramid Highway near Ingenuity Drive, covering 118 acres of the property, which is slated for 511 acres in its Master Plan.
Washoe County Senior Planner Trevor Lloyd said Thursday the project would be relatively routine and it was passed unanimously by the Community Advisory Board in Spanish Springs on Wednesday.
"Basically, the owner has identified the area where he wants to scrape the top layer, about a foot or so, off of portions of the property," Lloyd said. "They have done some soil testing on that area and they have found good material immediately adjacent to where they want to relocate it.
"Ultimately, they won't have to send big trucks on the highways to move the soil and they can use the neighboring property, which is all under the same ownership, to keep everything on site."
The Spanish Springs Business Center is home to several businesses and industrial properties such as Parts Unlimited, Silver State Liquor & Wine and Pyramid Highway Storage Park to name a few.
Lloyd said the property being excavated does not face any residential areas, which gave the Community Advisory Board in Spanish Springs the nod to approve the project. The project also has several provisions for public health and safety to control erosion and dust in the area.
Weekly construction updates and monitoring are required during the project, preventing stormwater pollution and air quality restrictions in the area, and re-vegetation efforts will follow the project upon completion. Lloyd said the project should go smoothly, if approved by Washoe County on Feb. 6.
"I don't anticipate any kickback on the project," Lloyd said. "This really seems to make sense in order to support the development of a pretty large project next door, which they are reluctant to discuss right now."
The Spanish Springs Business Center amendment will be discussed at the Washoe County Board of Adjustment on Feb. 6 at the Washoe County Complex on East Ninth Street in Reno.