Reno Planning Commission Recommends Plan to Rezone Part of UNR Farmland

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Reno Planning Commission Recommends Plan to Rezone Part of UNR Farmland

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A plan to rezone 104 acres of the University of Nevada, Reno's Mainstay farm was recommended for approval by the Reno Planning Commission Wednesday night.

A plan to rezone 104 acres of the University of Nevada, Reno's Mainstay Farm along McCarrenn Boulevard has cleared a hurdle.

The Reno Planning Commission agreed Wednesday night to recommend the zoning change, so the university could possibly sell the land for future development. But the proposal faced opposition from some city councilmembers and local advocates. Many voiced concerns about declining green space in the city, flood control and the future of Wolf Pack Meats,the slaughterhouse that sits next to the site.

Ann Louhela with the local non-profit, Nevada Grown, says homeowners and businesses aren't going to want a slaughterhouse next door.

"We build subdivision out in the rural farm lands city people move out there--im a city person-and the first thing we say is , 'it smells bad, get rid of the cows, get rid of that.' And that's what's going to happen."

University President Mark Johnson says he understand people's concern for shrinking green space in the area. But he says in these tough economic times, it's the landowners responsibility to protect the land value too.