Sparks City Council Meeting 8/25/2014 2:00:00 PM

    Monday, August 25, 2014 2:00 PM
    Council Chambers, Legislative Bldg, 745 4th St., Sparks

Planning and Zoning Public Hearings and Action Items: 11.4

Title: SECOND READING, discussion and possible action on PCN14012, Bill No. 2682, an ordinance to change the zoning from R5 (Multiple Family Residential) to PO (Professional Office) on a site approximately 1.6 acres in size located at 2405, 2415, and 2435 Pyramid Way, Sparks, NV, and other matters properly relating thereto.
Petitioner/Presenter: Method Art Corporation/Tim Thompson
Recommendation: The Planning Commission and Community Services Department recommends approval of PCN14012; see suggested motions below.
Financial Impact: N/A
Business Impact (Per NRS 237):
A Business Impact Statement is not required because this is not a rule.
Agenda Item Brief:

A rezone request to change the zoning on approximately 1.6 acres from R5 (Multipl Family Residential) to PO (Professinal Office).  The second reading and public hearing are scheduled for August 25, 2014.


In 1995, the City Council approved a Special Use Permit (SP950022) for the establishment of the Masonic Lodge and office buildings on the northwest corner of Pyramid Way and York Way.

An amendment to the Special Use Permit was approved by the City Council in 1999 (SP990022).  The original approval included a condition which restricted the hours of operation for the office component of the development.  The amendment allowed the property owner to extend the hours of operation specifically for Building B.


The proposed zone change is intended to provide greater flexibility with regard to the number of allowable uses.  Currently, the zoning is R5 (Multiple Family Residential).  By changing the zoning to PO (Professional Office), the zoning will be consistent with the master plan land use designation.  The property owner may also benefit from some additional non-residential uses which are permitted in the PO zoning district.  Following is a table that demonstrates the differences in uses between the R5 and PO zoning districts:



R5 Zoning

PO Zoning

Uses permitted without a special use permit:

  • Two-family dwellings
  • multiple-family residential developments of up to one hundred and ten dwellings units
  • accessory buildings
  • renewable energy production – private
  • in home child care for the number of children one care giver may care for in accordance with the rules and regulations for child care facilities
  •  adult care facilities.
  • Professional and medical offices and medical clinics
  • banks and other similar financial institutions
  • renewable energy production – private
  • in-home child care for the number of children one care giver may care for in accordance with the rules and regulations of child care facilities.

Uses Permitted in compliance with standards in S.M.C. 20.42:

  • Temporary sales office trailers
  • model home complexes
  • construction yards.
  • Drive-through businesses that do not exceed 17 hours of operation in any 24 hour period
  • accessory uses
  • Adult Day Care.

Uses requiring a special use permit:

  • Boarding or rooming houses
  • child care facilities requiring more than one care giver
  • offices and clinics
  • temporary subdivision sales offices
  • model homes and construction yards
  • Churches
  • private recreation clubs
  • public utility structures
  • home occupations
  • multiple family residential developments of over one hundred and ten (110) dwelling units
  • single family dwellings of a permanent nature
  • structures over thirty-five feet in height
  • development on any lot or parcel abutting any R-1 district
  • accessory commercial uses
  • schools
  • Office projects over 50,000 square feet gross floor area
    child care facilities requiring more than one care giver
  • drive-through businesses
  • single or multi-family residential dwellings (must conform to requirements for R3 districts)
  • churches
  • assisted living facilities
  • health clubs
  • private recreation clubs and facilities.


As can be seen in the table above, the uses included in each zoning district are similar in nature.  Banks, health clubs, and drive-through businesses appear to be the only “new” uses which would be permitted if the rezone is approved.

Because the proposed rezone would bring the zoning into conformance with the existing land use designation, staff can make all the applicable findings to support the request.

Alternatives: The City Council may choose to deny the rezone request.

Recommended Motion:

I move to approve the rezone request associated with PCN14012 to change the zoning on 1.6 acres from R5 (Multiple Family Residential) to PO (Professional Office), adopting Findings Z1 through Z3 and the facts supporting these Findings as set forth in the staff report.

Attached Files:
     PCN14012- Planning Commission Staff Report.pdf
     Letter from Authur C Strode.pdf
     Bill 2682 PCN14012 - CC Rezone Ordinance PO.pdf
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