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Possible design change for Raley’s shopping center
by Garrett E. Valenzuela
Dec 05, 2013 | 1030 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An empty slab of concrete could become a multi-tenant commercial building in the Raley’s shopping center near Wingfield Hills Road and Vista Boulevard.
An empty slab of concrete could become a multi-tenant commercial building in the Raley’s shopping center near Wingfield Hills Road and Vista Boulevard.
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The Sparks Planning Commission will weigh the option of amending and approving a special-use permit for the Pioneer Meadows Planned Development, a 640-acre zone in the area of Wingfield Hills Road and Vista Boulevard in northeast Sparks, today during its regular meeting at 6 p.m.

Pioneer Meadows dates back to 1999 and a key special-use permit was approved in 2007 to include the 170,000-square-foot Raley’s shopping center as the “anchor” of the development, according to Senior Planner Karen Melby. The area surrounding Raley’s has grown to include several restaurants and various businesses. The original special-use permit contained 40 conditions of approval. Thursday’s decision will impact conditions 24 and 25.

Condition 24 deals with drive-through operations and placement of voice boxes and menu boards “oriented toward” residential housing. Condition 25 limits Pioneer Meadows developer Donahue Scriber Realty Group to 29,200 square feet of restaurants, bars, brew pubs and taverns.

Approval of the special-use permit would allow for construction of a 3,100 square feet multi-tenant commercial building with a potential drive-through and it would allow expansion of restaurants and bars to two ‘building pads’ not previously slated for those facilities. The drive-through would occupy about 1,700 square feet and would eliminate six parking spaces adjacent to the building, which the developer will be responsible for monitoring the use of as the shopping center expands.

Because the drive-through facility will occupy space previously undesignated for its use, the developer hopes to have building pads originally planned for drive-throughs to host restaurants who may or may not use a drive-through. The 29,200-square-foot limit will still apply.

The Sparks Planning Commission will also discuss and possibly rule on rezoning Baldini’s Casino on S. Rock Boulevard in Sparks. If passed, Baldini’s could classify its entire property as a ‘tourist commercial’ zone, changing portions of the property that are zoned ‘industrial.’

The developer of Baldini’s, Rock Property Investors, LLC, holds 59,883 square feet for its casino building and another 6,000 square feet for its storage facility, which combine to account for about half an acre of the property. The remaining 10 acres has been developed as parkings lots and landscaping, according to Melby.

As it stands today, only the casino building is zoned tourist commercial per the Sparks Land Use Plan. Rock Property Investors hopes to bring all portions of the property between Glendale Avenue and Rock and Freeport boulevards to the tourist commercial zone, expanding the potential use of the facility.

Melby said the change is consistent with the city’s master and regional plans because it “preserves the non-residential area, promotes jobs, entertainment and potentially economic development within an existing non-residential developed area.”

The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) sent a letter to the City of Sparks Community Services Department on Nov. 5 regarding the possible rezoning of Baldini’s Casino. The letter notes that the property is located less than a mile from the end of the airport’s primary and secondary runways and it is within the Airport Airspace Plan for Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

“Industrial zoning and land uses, such as manufacturing, fabricating, processing...are typically compatible with aircraft overflights and noise,” the letter stated. “Tourist Commercial zoning and land uses, which can include hotels, casinos and entertainment facilities, can create hazards when located directly under primary flight paths and in close proximity to runway ends.”

The letter cited pilot visibility from lights and reflective surfaces, obstructions to flight path and hazards to “dense concentrations of people” with limited mobility as possible conflicts.

The RTAA said it was willing to work with the applicant and the City of Sparks should any further developmental plans arise upon the approval of the zoning change. It added that significant noise from normal aircraft operations will be experienced to any new development in the area.
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