The Planning Commission denied a
change to a special use permit requested by the Carson City Public Works
The SUP for a booster pump station
on open space land next to Long Ranch Estates residential development was
initially approved last June.
The permit allowed for a pump
house enclosure 15 feet in height, but after designing it Public Works
determined it needed a roof just over 19 feet to install a muffler to dampen
the noise from the pump’s emergency generator.
Several neighbors spoke during
public comment at Wednesday’s meeting to oppose the amendment allowing the roof
to be raised four more feet.
The residents said the initial
public noticing sent to nearby property owners was vague and referred to
Norfolk Drive rather than Derby Place, which is the road of homes primarily
“The notice was misleading, it
didn’t show it was behind he homes,” Joanna Kaiser. “If it had, more homeowners
would have shown up.”
Heather Ferris, associate planner,
said the District Attorney’s office reviewed the public notice and said it met
legal requirements for noticing.
In the design, the muffler is
attached vertically to one end of the pump so commissioners asked if the
muffler could be installed horizontally or if the roof could be lowered over
most of the pump.
Dan Stucky, city engineer, said a
smaller muffler that would not reduce the noise as much but could be installed
to keep the roof at the originally approved 15 feet.
The commission voted unanimously
to deny the amendment request.
The commission also voted to
recommend to the Board of Supervisors a moratorium on applications for hemp
cultivation while the city figures out how it wants to manage it through
zoning. The crop is allowed by Nevada law but local jurisdictions have control
In February, the board passed a
resolution calling for the moratorium, the first step in the process required by
The moratorium only concerns
cultivation of hemp and live plants and doesn’t affect any local businesses or
manufacturers using hemp products.
The commission also approved an
SUP and a variance for a duplex on a corner lot at 5th and Thompson streets. An
SUP is required for duplexes on corner lots and the variance allowed the
setback to be reduced from 20 feet to 10 feet in order to avoid a fault line.