StoneGate Reno will be northern Nevada's first development of its kind, and will maximize re-use of the high desert's limited natural resource of water, while preserving the pristine beauty of Laughton Valley. Homes of varying sizes will be seamlessly knitted into the mountain and valley contours, while integrating walkable pathways into the rustic, rural and natural settings of Heinz Ranch.
StoneGate promises to meet the housing demands created by Nevada's successful economic diversification policies-with an unmatched 21st century intelligently planned and environmentally friendly lifestyle that co-exists with the mountainside's abundant natural resources. The ±1,378-acre master planned community will provide for ±4,135 dwelling units and over 25 percent of the site will be retained as common open space. StoneGate is uniquely positioned to meet the job/housing balance with homes connecting a modern living environment to nature.
StoneGate's use of Low Impact Development (LID) design standards include large open-space corridors that will provide connectivity to the U.S. Forest Service property. Additionally, the existing wildlife corridors will be enhanced, which will allow for continued interface with the local community. These passageways will also provide an opportunity for the native plant species to flourish and remain in their natural soils and growing conditions.
The Reno City Council voted 6-1 to approve a massive housing development in Cold Springs. The council said the developers, Heinz Ranch Land Co., worked diligently to addressed their concerns over a nearly two-year long approval process, including promising not to build houses until projects are underway to improve U.S. 395, the highway connecting the North Valleys to the rest of the city.
Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve congratulated city staff for working diligently to shape an acceptable housing project. She said it "hurts my heart" when residents tell her they can't afford to buy a house in Reno.
"This has been years in the making," the Mayor said. "This isn't just some piece of paper that comes across our desk and we vote. It's not easy. We all agree Reno is a really special place and we all want to live here."