2020


The Truckee Meadows Annual Report provides TMRPA, our partners, and residents with information to gauge the ongoing effects of growth and to assess cumulative impacts.

Understanding our region

Population

Take a look at our current population, local diversity and demographics, and what we can expect in the next 20-year projected forecast

Our Truckee Meadows at a glance

Dwelling Units

Units analyzed jurisdictionally and by tiers within the regional land use designations. Total historic units, and closer look over the last 5-years

managing our growth

Land Use

Land use in total built acres historically and in more recent years both jurisdictionally and by tiers, TMRPA land use regulatory project counts

truckee meadows jobs

Employment

The average employment rate, forecasted total jobs and percent share of total covered employment

Summaries

The City of Reno Master Plan identifies developing an affordable and workforce housing strategy while aiming to increase housing diversity.  Also, a zoning code update is proposed to increase minimum density and intensity standards in the downtown area to facilitate growth in the core.  The proposed zoning code update expands requirements of the Concurrency Management System by 1) modifying closed basin stormwater retention standards to 1:1.3 ratio 2) include a new wellhead protection overlay district requires that potential polluting projects near drinking water wells notify TMWA prior to approval 3) expand site design requirements for pedestrian and bicycle connectivity and 4) anticipate future development of a detailed sidewalk and trails plan to replace the current administrative review process for variations to standard sidewalk requirements.

In addition, in July of 2019 the City of Reno adopted a Sustainability and Climate Action Plan which includes nine priorities:

  1. Lead by Example—Sustainable City Operations
  2. Transition to Clean, Renewable Energy
  3. Green Building as Standard Practice
  4. Create Lively, Low-Carbon Neighborhoods
  5. Toward Zero Waste
  6. Healthy, Equitable Urban Forest
  7. Access to Fresh, Local Foods
  8. Safeguard Water Resources
  9. Strengthen Climate Resilience

Finally, in the 2019 calendar year the City of Reno adopted two annexations totaling ±11.57 acres.

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Within the 2019 Truckee Meadows Regional Plan, policy section Population Growth addresses the need for our Region’s affordable housing. The City of Sparks is committed to providing solutions to the housing needs of all sectors of the Sparks community, while concurrently promoting economic growth and ensuring financial sustainability for its residents. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) Programs remain vital funding sources for addressing needs of the Sparks community. In FY 2019/2020, the City of Sparks received a total allocation of $691,196 of new CDBG funds. The allocation represented a decrease of $26,219 or about 4%, from the prior year (FY 2018/2019) allocation of $717,415. The slight decrease in CDBG funding increases the challenge of addressing housing affordability in Sparks. The City of Sparks utilizes CDBG funding and other resources to partner with local jurisdictions to support housing and homelessness supportive programs such as Continuum of Care (CoC), Community Assistance Center (CAC), and Fair Housing Activities through the Silver State Fair Housing Council (SSFHC). Additionally, CDBG FY 2019/2020 funds were used in conjunction with Redevelopment Agency funds to implement pedestrian improvements initiatives of upgrading aged infrastructure.

The City of Sparks’ Housing Rehabilitation Program Deferred Loan and Emergency Repair Grant Programs are primary beneficiaries of the Annual CDBG funding allocation. The Housing Rehabilitation Program assisted 10 households during Fiscal Year 2019/2020. The program is comprised of two components, the Housing Rehabilitation Deferred Loan Program (8 loans) and the Emergency Repair Grant Program (2 grants), which provide support for qualifying single-family homeowners. Finally, the City of Sparks is a sub-recipient of funding from the Washoe County HOME Consortium (WCHC). The most recent project completed in Sparks funded by the WCHC was in July of 2018, for a 40-unit affordable housing senior development (Alpine Haven) on Oddie Boulevard.

When considering policy section Regional Form, in 2020 the Sparks City Council approved numerous amendments to the 2015 zoning code. These changes resulted from utilization of the 2015 code, which led to staff to propose refinement of definitions, permitted uses, landscaping, density, parking and design standards. This amendment process enhances the opportunity to promote infill in areas including Victorian Square and the Marina district of Redevelopment Area 2. The City of Sparks spent $18,620,000 on Capital Improvement Programs, which promote growth priorities. Capital projects completed were on building, site/utility improvement projects. Redevelopment Area #1 – Victorian Square continued to be transformed by new development in 2019. Additionally, Redevelopment Area #2, the Sparks Marina, Oddie Boulevard corridor and Southwest Industrial, also have continued construction in both commercial and housing land uses.

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In 2019, Washoe county processed six Master Plan amendment requests, including Silver Hills, Village Green, Bennington Court, sunsetting the Reno-Stead Corridor Joint Plan, Buck Drive and Continuum of Care Facilities.  Also, Washoe County is currently involved with the following capital projects: South Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (STMWRF) expansion/upgrade, Steamboat lift station improvements, and the Southwest Vistas life station abandonment.

On September 24, 2019, the Washoe County Commission adopted the 2019 Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space Master Plan. The Washoe County Park Program provided funding for the construction of two parks (the Galena Terrace Park and the Blackstone Estates Park), which will be managed and maintained by the surrounding Home Owners Association.  Additionally, the 2019 Washoe County Annual Report identifies multiple parks/trails improvement and other efforts that were initiated in 2019 calendar year.

As far as implementing the Regional Plan, Washoe County initiated an update of the Master Plan, including short-term fixes that immediately address the Regional Plan conformance review and begin to implement the 2019 Regional Plan. It is anticipated that the overall update of the Master Plan will be completed in multiple phases, and involve significance public participation. As indicated in the annual report, the overall update is anticipated to be completed around the Spring of 2022.

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The WCHC was created in an effort to improve the provision of affordable housing throughout Washoe County. The WCHC administers the Affordable Housing Trust Funds granted by the State of Nevada, as well as the HOME Investments Partnerships Program funds granted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In 2019, the WCHC spent $413,600 on tenant based rental assistance programs for renters earning no more than 60% of the area median income. Tenant based rental assistance programs provide one-time grant assistance to help with the initial deposit, utility/security fee, and application fee for permanent housing for eligible households. The WCHC also funded a Cooperative Agreement to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) with the Volunteers of America in 2019, which is a tenant based rental assistance program that provides monthly rental assistance for individuals in a recovery program. In total, the Consortium provided rental assistance to 432 low-income households in 2019.

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The Sun Valley General Improvement District (SVGID) is a quasi-municipal entity established in 1976 under Nevada Revised Statute, Chapter 318 and is chartered to provide water, sewer, garbage, and recreation services throughout the Sun Valley community. The SVGID conducts near and long term planning for its current service area and the approved service boundary.

For the 2019 Annual Report timeframe, the SVGID is reporting sanitary sewer and water system improvements associated with the Ladera Ranch subdivision Phase 1.

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The TMWA 2020-2040 Water Resource Plan (2040WRP) is a 20-year plan that outlines the TMWA water resources portfolio and how TMWA will use those resources to meet customer demands over the 20-year planning horizon. TMWA utilizes these projections to ensure regional water resources are sufficient to meet future growth demands within the TMWA service area.  While, TMWA does not approve or manage growth within the TMSA but simply supplies water to development within it.  In 2019, TMWA added 2,803 new water services to the system.  TMWA capital spending for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) included $36.3 million for major life-extending maintenance and improvement projects to TMWA infrastructure and water resources.

Based on supply and demand projections, TMWA’s Water Resource Plan (WRP) describes strategies for water resource management in view of regulatory constraints to the use of TMWA’s water resources.  In 2019, TMWA was working on the updated 2040WRP which is slated for implementation in 2020.

TMWA produces clean power via its three hydroelectric plants located upstream on the Truckee River.  Every day that TMWA runs its three hydroelectric plants at capacity, over 90,500 pounds of CO2 emissions are effectively eliminated from our atmosphere. If the output of the three hydroelectric plants was replaced by conventional coal, diesel or natural-gas-generated electricity, the resulting CO2 emissions would total at just over 1,200 metric tons a month. A total of 36,181 megawatt hours were produced by TMWA’s three hydroelectric plants in FY19.  In addition, TMWA implements multiple plans to manage water resources including the Water Resource Plan, Drought Contingency Plan, and Wellhead Protection Plan.

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Due to the growth of outlying suburban areas, WCSD anticipates higher student enrollments at K-12 schools in these regions over time.  These areas include the South Meadows area, Spanish Springs, North Valleys and western Reno.  In addition, WCSD anticipates a disparity in WC-1 funding caused by new residents living in Washoe County but working new employment centers outside of Washoe County, resulting in money spent outside of the County which is not subject to the WC-1 sales tax.

Since WC-1 was passed WCSD has completed or started several major schools projects including construction of three new elementary schools, three new middle schools, and one new high school and one high school expansion.  Expansions of two middles schools are set to begin in 2020 and a new Career Technical Education high school is due to open Fall of 2023 occupying the existing Hug High School site.  Finally, the construction of a high school in the Cold Springs area as well as elementary schools in Lemmon Valley, mid-Spanish Springs, Stonegate, Northwest Reno, south Damonte Ranch, northern Spanish Springs and eastern Spanish Springs areas are to be constructed as warranted by demand in these areas.

Finally, the WCSD is in the last phase of a 3 phase $30M energy efficiency project to upgrade and or replace irrigation control systems, lighting, and plumbing fixtures throughout all sites.   

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The goal of the Washoe County Health District, Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) is to develop and implement programs to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). As of February 2020 (including the 2019 reporting timeframe), all areas of Washoe County are meeting the NAAQS for all pollutants and averaging times.

Ozone is the local air pollutant that is closest to exceeding the NAAQS standard for ozone of 0.070 ppm (preliminary monitoring data for 2019 shows that we are at 0.070 ppm). In order to address this issue, the AQMD’s efforts were focused on implementing Ozone Advance (a collaborative effort to encourage voluntary initiatives that improve air quality).

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The RTAA is an affected entity, as defined by Nevada Revised Statutes, due to its role as a regional agency having responsibility for planning or providing transportation facilities, specifically aviation transportation facilities. In regards to policy element Population Growth, the RTAA takes the Consensus Forecast into account, however the most accurate forecast for airport demand levels and corresponding facility requirements must consider local, regional, national, and international demand for cargo, passenger airline, military, and general aviation activities. For RNO, the RTAA is currently using a Federal Aviation Administration-approved forecast that was created specifically for the 2018 RNO Airport Master Plan Update. For RTS, the RTAA is currently using the FAA Terminal Area Forecast.

When considering policy section Regional Form, the RTAA owns over 6,500 acres in the region. Nearly all of the RTAA-owned land is considered federally obligated and reserved for aviation-related facilities. All existing aviation transportation facilities at both RNO and RTS have been constructed on Tier 1 Land. A limited amount of RTAA-owned land (at both RNO and RTS) is available for third-party development, subject to FAA approval. Examples include non-aviation development (e.g. hotels, commercial, or industrial uses) and private aviation development (e.g. aircraft hangars, commercial general aviation facilities, and air cargo buildings). All such development at RNO and RTS occurs on designated Tier 1 land.

In regard to the Public Facilities/Services section within the Regional Plan, the RTAA has a large investment in the existing airport infrastructure which meets or exceeds the capacity needed to support substantial population and employment growth. Capital projects, undertaken by the RTAA, are usually for the purpose of maintaining existing facilities (e.g. reconstruction of existing infrastructure, replacement of aging equipment, etc.) or constructing new, improved, or expanded facilities to meet forecasted demand, to enhance safety and security, to address new regulatory requirements and standards, or to provide a higher level of service to our customers. Funding for RTAA CIP projects come from a variety of sources.

When reviewing the RTAA with the Natural Resources section of the Regional Plan, the RTAA remains committed to incorporating sustainability principles and practices into operational, management, and administrative processes to ensure the economic viability, operational efficiency, and natural resource conservation of our two airports. During 2019, the RTAA’s sustainability programs continued to focus on four connected areas: Economic Viability, Operational Efficiency, Natural Resource Conservation, and Social Responsibility (EONS).

In 2019, a terminal-wide recycling program at RNO diverted 114 tons of recyclable materials from landfills (14.4% diversion rate).

When considering air quality at both airports, the RTAA continues to replace older equipment with new, cleaner-burning equipment that meet or exceed the latest federal emission standards. The RTAA also continues to encourage contractors working on airport projects to use cleaner burning fuels and to initiate emission reduction measures to promote local and regional air quality improvements.

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Notes: data used within the report is from 2018 as the current recycling and tonnage reports are not calculated until on or after April 1 for the previous year.

2018 Dataset Inventory:

The amount of domestic solid waste disposed at the landfill: MSW = 787,224.00 T

The amount of industrial and special waste generated: I & P = 580,575.00 T

The total amount of MSW generated in the county: 990,906.99 T

The total waste generated in the county: 2,079,884.37 T

(Note: Total waste generated is the sum of the recycled MSW and C & D, plus the quantity of MSW which was reported as generated in the county plus the I & P and special wastes disposed of in the county.)

The amount of recycled material diverted from disposal at the landfill: Recycled MSW = 203,682.99 T

The amount of construction and demolition debris diverted from disposal at the landfill:

Recycled C & D = 304,719.39 T

The total recycled material collected: Recycled MSW + C&D = 508,402.38T

MSW recycling rate = 21% MSW + C & D recycling rate = 27%

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The RTC is currently developing the 2050 RTP and is expected to have an approved document no later than May 2021. Throughout its development, the RTC will be in close coordination with TMRPA, particularly on data sharing for updating the Travel Demand Model to incorporate the latest Consensus Forecast information. It will be interesting to see the effect of the new Regional Land Designations on the model runs and how they might more accurately inform the benefit of proposed transportation improvements.

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