Sparks City Council Meeting 11/23/2015 2:00:00 PM

    Monday, November 23, 2015 2:00 PM
    Council Chambers, Legislative Buiding, 745 Fourth Street, Sparks, NV

Planning and Zoning Public Hearings and Action Items: 11.2

Title: SECOND READING, Public Hearing, consideration of and possible action on Bill No. 2697, a general ordinance to rezone a property from PO (Professional Office) to MUD (Mixed Use District) for a site approximately 0.4 acres in size located at 1040 El Rancho Drive. (PCN15029)
Petitioner/Presenter: Patricia Schweigert/Karen L. Melby, AICP
Recommendation: Planning Commission and staff recommend approval; see the motion 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:

The applicant is requesting to rezone the property from PO (Professional Office) to MUD (Mixed Use District).


This request pertains to two properties which are both addressed as 1040 El Rancho Drive. The northern parcel is the parking for the office building located on the southern parcel. Each parcel is 0.2 acres in size for a total of 0.4 acres. The 3,504 square foot office building was constructed in 1987.          

The applicant is requesting a rezoning to add the parcels to the MUD zoning District in order to gain greater flexibility in the allowed uses. In addition to this application, the property owner has a companion request to change the master plan land use designation for these parcels. There are no plans to redevelop the properties at this time. Any redevelopment of the site will have to conform to the MUD standards.

On September 3, 2015, the Planning Commission reviewed the master plan amendment and rezone requests. The Planning Commission recommends the City Council certify the master plan amendment and approve the zone change.


1040 El Rancho Drive is a 0.4 acre property that has an existing office on the southern parcel and a parking lot on the northern parcel. The property is designated on the Sparks Land Use Plan as Medium Density Residential.  The applicant is requesting the master plan amendment to change the land use to Transit Oriented Development - Mixed Residential (TOD-MR). The parcel is currently zoned PO (Professional Office). The applicant is requesting a zone change to MUD.  This agenda item is for the requested rezoning of the two parcels.



The project, as submitted and conditioned, is consistent with the City of Sparks Master Plan.

The Land Use Plan Goals and Policies including Transit Oriented Development Goals that are relevant to this proposal include:

GOAL LU1:       To create a growth pattern which assures flexible, feasible and efficient developments and which includes natural and cultural amenities.


LU1a.    The City will support a preferred growth pattern which applies consistent and uniform standards to areas planned for similar uses.


Allow only developments which meet the proper land use designation of the City’s Master Plan and the Regional Master Plan.

TOD Goal 2.2: Support and Integrate Existing Neighborhoods and Commercial areas.

The intent of the above goals includes encouraging redevelopment and/or continued use of the existing building, especially in the City’s older neighborhoods. This rezone request supports these goals by allowing the applicant to broaden the permitted uses on the subject property, a location where the broader range of allowed uses is compatible with the surrounding uses.



The project is consistent with the surrounding existing land uses.

The surrounding land uses and zoning are summarized in the table below:




  Land Use / Zoning




  MDR (Medium Density Residential)/  MF2 (Multiple   Family Residential)



 TOD-MR (Transit Oriented Development – Mixed Residential)/ MUD




  MDR (Medium Density Residential)/ SF6




  City of Reno Park


The 1040 El Rancho site is located in an area of mixed residential types and a City of Reno park. There are multi-family developments to the north. To the east are single family homes. To the west is Teglia’s Paradise Park. A mixed residential designation for this property is consistent with the other developments in the area and provides a transition between the park to the west and the commercial uses farther north along the Oddie Boulevard corridor. 


Public notice was given and a public hearing held per the requirements of the Sparks Municipal Code.

Public notice was given and the Planning Commission and City Council meetings function as the public hearings for this item.


City Council could deny the zone change request. 

Recommended Motion:

I move to adopt Bill No. 2697 approving the rezoning associated with PCN15029 based on the findings Z1 through Z3, and the facts supporting these findings as set forth in the staff report. 

Attached Files:
     PCN15029_PC Report of Action.pdf
     PCN15029_Zoning Map Exist.pdf
     PCN15029_Zoning Map Proposed 10-15.pdf
     CC RZ ordin_El Rancho Dr.pdf
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