Nearly 5,000 housing units could be coming to southeast Reno soon, but there's a catch

The 'Daybreak' development could be coming to southeast Reno soon.

Nearly 5,000 housing units are in the works for a 980-acre plot of land between Double Diamond and Donner Springs in southeast Reno.

If the location sounds familiar, it's because a similar project called Butler Ranch was planned for the same area.

Now, developer Newport Pacific Land has bought the land and proposed a master-planned community called 'Daybreak.'

The community would feature 4,700 housing units, most of which would be single-family homes.

But planner Andy Durling said there will be over 1,000 'mixed neighborhood' units, such as townhomes, duplexes and condominiums.

"(We're) trying to provide a new entry-level home that's more attainable to our median home buyers," Durling said. "By doing that we're basically going a little more dense."

The development will have space for an elementary school, a charter school and 20 acres for a high school if the Washoe County School District ever wants to build there.

It'll feature 326,000 square feet of commercial and office space, and 32 percent of the land will be left as open space.

Nearby residents shared some of their concerns at a public meeting at the Grand Sierra Resort Thursday night.

By far the biggest concern is that portions of the development would be located in a critical flood pool zone, as deemed by the City of Reno.

Durling said that by city ordinance, they have to remove as much dirt as they put in, but that this project will take that a step further.

"We're doing more than that. We're actually mitigating 125 percent of our impact into the floodplain," Durling said.

The explanation given Thursday night didn't appease some residents, including Kimberly Rhodemyre, chair of the Upper South East Communities Coalition.

"We don't believe that there should be a project in this area because both the City of Reno and the Army Corps of Engineers have designated this as critical flood storage areas," she said.

"We're absolutely going to continue to push back."

The Reno Planning Commission is set to discuss the project in March, but the development would also go before the Reno City Council at least twice before being voted on.

The developer hopes to break ground mid-2019 and have people moving into homes later that year or early 2020.

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