Long-awaited Wildcreek lawsuit filed, Washoe County School District lawyer responds

Long-awaited Wildcreek lawsuit filed, Washoe County School District lawyer responds

Opponents of the Washoe County School District's plan to build a high school on Wildcreek Golf Course filed a long-awaited lawsuit Monday hoping to stop the project.

The lawsuit, filed by Save Wildcreek LLC, reiterates concerns that opponents have been raising at public meetings for months.

Wesley Griffin, who's spearheaded the effort from the beginning, lives within a stone's throw of the golf course. He promised that his group will fight until the end to try to stop the high school from being built.

"We'll take it down to the bitter end."

"Why are we cannibalizing our open spaces, our recreational areas? It's ludicrous," Griffin said.

The lawsuit argues that the project would violate the Truckee Meadows Regional Plan, which requires local governments to "preserve the natural function and scenic value of open space ... greenways, parks, trails and recreational areas."

WCSD's lawyer responded Tuesday afternoon, saying the case is defensible. He said the district went about it in a transparent way, holding countless public meetings before moving forward.

"We had an open, public process. We had a willing buyer, a willing seller. We met all our legal obligations and we plan on standing by our decision," WCSD chief general counsel Neil Rombardo said.

Griffin's group also accuses county officials of abandoning their duty to save taxpayer money, by selling the 75 acres for just $1.5 million, a figure he said was far below market value.

The lawsuit outlines traffic concerns, flooding concerns, and also alleges that WCSD already made a deal with the RSCVA and Washoe County to transfer the land before the April 2017 announcement.

WCSD chief operating officer Pete Etchart initially said the district "didn't really have a plan B." Months later, the district released information on several other possible locations.

Rombardo said WCSD hasn't yet been served the lawsuit, but that his office would have a few weeks to respond when the lawsuit is served. It'll then be up to a judge to decide whether to halt the process temporarily, permanently or not at all.

READ the full lawsuit below.

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