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Ask Joe: What happens when new home construction blocks your view?

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From the Ask Joe file, we're looking into a question about a new housing development going up in south Reno.

One of our viewers, Linda, wrote in to say she lives on Whitecliff Drive off of Rio Wrangler. She says there's a huge dirt pile behind her house where construction is taking place.

She says it's blocking her view, and her question is, is the dirt pile permanent?

Here's what I found out:

We went and took a look for ourselves.

There is a walking path behind the homes on Whitecliff and then the new development just to the south of that. There is a lot of dirt, that's for sure, but it's not a dirt pile. It's actually the lots that have been graded for the new homes.

The grading is about 4 feet high, which could be an effort to prevent flooding once these homes are built. So it looks like those will be the foundations for the new homes in that subdivision.

Toll Brothers is actually building 900 homes as part of this project, and the company says their engineers work closely with the city and county on all permitting and construction issues, including the grading.

I also checked with Alex Woodley, Reno's community development director, who says views are not guaranteed. So it's good to keep that in mind if you're buying a home and considering future development.

Construction is definitely ramping up right now around Reno and Sparks, so it's worth checking to see how that approval process goes and who from the city is in charge. So I'll follow up on that angle in the days ahead.

But again, the height of new lots don't have to be limited to protect another person's view.

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