Sparks Casino Vote Delayed
As reported by the Reno Gazette-Journal: "After hours of testimony stretching into this morning, the Sparks Planning Commission delayed a vote on whether a casino could be part of the Lazy 8 resort development in Spanish Springs. A motion and second to deny the casino was withdrawn after Community Development Director Neil Krutz told the seven commissioners that would require staff to develop justification for the action. When Assistant City Attorney David Creekman suggested the panel postpone a vote due to the late hour, the audience groaned,. ".The audience of about 200 had dwindled to about 60 by the time the commission adjourned after 1 a.m. More than 30 witnesses testified.
".Getting an amendment could be more difficult after recent changes regarding tourist-commercial zoning in Sparks. The council voted Dec. 12 to change the areas where tourist commercial development could take place, restricting it to near Interstate 80 and the Truckee River.
"Tierra Del Sol plans include about 315,000 square feet of development with an 18,000-square-foot casino, 200 hotel rooms, movie theater and restaurants.
"The developers have agreed to give $300,000 to the city for affordable housing and propose a 4,800-square-foot community services building."