The City of Reno will host a Neon Line community meeting from 5:30-8 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2022, at the National Automobile Museum in downtown Reno. The purpose of the meeting is to provide the public an opportunity to ask questions related to the massive Neon Line District development project proposed for downtown by developer Jacobs Entertainment. In late October, amid some opposition, Reno City Council voted to adopt a development agreement with Jacobs to pave way for the mixed-use development proposed for the western side of downtown Reno near the Sands Regency. Council was scheduled to review abandonment items related to the development on Dec. 8, but the items were withdrawn after concerns surfaced that the public was not given ample time to review and comment.
“We understand the public has questions about the land development process and the various tools that are used to redevelop urban property,” Reno City Manager Doug Thornley said in a Dec. 7 press release. “I’ve asked our staff to organize a public forum on January 10th, when we can spend more time with our community to discuss how projects proposed in the downtown core are evaluated. We look forward to hearing what our residents have to say.” Per the release, the meeting is envisioned to be a city-supported initiative with the developer’s representative involved in the discussion. “Presentations will be limited to basic terms of the agreement and the desired outcomes related to the developer’s vision for the Neon Line, followed by a period for additional questions and answers,” according to the city. “City staff will be available to discuss specific questions that may be asked by the public related to planning, zoning, and business licensing.” The Jan. 10 meeting will be held in person and virtually. Go here for registration details.