The Sparks Community Development Department will play host to a community workshop today in an attempt to answer that question. Locals are invited to 1675 E. Prater Way, Suite 107 at 3 p.m. to share their input on Sparks’ future growth.
The workshop comes in the wake of several annexation decisions by the Sparks City Council.
On May 11, the city voted to annex 375 acres that lies east of the city limits. It was a discongtiguous annexation, meaning that the land did not touch any city limits.
Meeting minutes state that the 4-1 vote was approved because some council members said the developer had already sunk costs into developing in that specific area. Other members voiced concerns at the meeting that the Legislature could make discontiguous annexation illegal during the 2009 session. No such law was passed.
The council will also be making a decision on another 30-acre annexation request at its Sept. 14 meeting. This land is also located east of the Sparks city limits.
The annexation was scheduled for a council vote on Aug. 24. However, the developer was not present at the meeting and the council voted unanimously to continue the item until Sept. 14.
Discussion on the annexation ranged from what would be put out there to how the development would interact with a potential solar plant planned for the area.
Other current planning issues