Counsel on all sides of the proposed Lazy 8 casino project said they had concerns with a forthcoming report that the commission is preparing. The report will outline the reasons why the commission denied a land use change request for the casino at its April 2 meeting.
Lawyers representing both those who oppose and those who favor the Lazy 8 casino, which is planned for Spanish Springs, spoke under public comment at the commission’s Thursday night meeting asking for their own favors.
Bryce Alstead, who represents John Ascuaga’s Nugget and several Spanish Springs residents opposed to the casino, spoke first.
“We completely agree with the procedure … that the Planning Commission discussed (in its Tuesday workshop),” Alstead said, referring to the commission’s decision to submit the report to the Sparks City Council justifying its denial.
But, he asked that the report be approved in a public meeting before it is forwarded on to the council for their consideration.
Prior to his request, which was also given to the commissioners in writing earlier that day, the report was simply going to be compiled by assistant city attorney Doug Thornley after he received all of the commission members’ written input.
The commission decided to grant Alstead’s request and, according to meeting discussion, will schedule a public meeting for June 16 at 6:30 p.m.
City officials said that, pending scheduling conflicts, they would try to hold the meeting in the City Hall Council Chambers.
Lawyers representing the denied developer also spoke under public comment Thursday, asking that the commission limit their comments in the report to those topics that were discussed on April 2.
“Your decision was based on the record you had before you that evening,” said Garrett Gordon, of the law firm of Lewis and Roca, representing developer Red Hawk Land Co.
Gordon argued that the commission’s forthcoming report should not include any additional findings made after the April 2 meeting.
“The way you have presented it, I feel like I need to pass my little report to you to check for my commas and periods,” commissioner Kendall Mattina said after the comment had ended.
Sparks resident Shirley Bertschinger also spoke under public comment, decrying the City Council as “puppets” of the developer. She also thanked the planning commission for “listening to the people.”
The commission’s report is now due to Thornley to be compiled on June 12. If the commission had chosen not to file a report, Red Hawk Land Co.’s requested land use change would have been automatically approved per city law.