University sets community forum on rezoning of S. McCarran Parcel for Feb. 21

RENO, Nev. – A community forum to present and discuss information about the proposed rezoning of the University of Nevada, Reno’s 104-acre South McCarran parcel, part of the University’s 1049-acre Main Station Field Laboratory, is set for Feb. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Joe Crowley Student Union.

The 104-acre parcel, located south of I-80 on South McCarran Boulevard, was annexed into the City of Reno last year and the University has a rezoning request before the city council to change the zoning from LLR-1 (large-lot residential) to a Planned Unit Development. In November, the City Planning Commission recommended the city council approve the rezoning. At the University’s request and with the support of those expressing concerns, the Reno City Council postponed the item to March to allow time for further discussion of issues, to inform the public and correct any misinformation about the rezoning.

The forum will include short presentations by University officials and a panel to answer audience questions about the rezoning and the University’s plans for the Main Station Field Lab.

“We don’t have any plans to sell or develop the South McCarran parcel at this time,” University president Marc Johnson said. “The rezoning is being put in place to preserve the value of the parcel and protect the possibility of development in the future.”

The University’s request to rezone the parcel to a Planned Unit Development is compatible with planning codes and the regional Master Plan requirements. 

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