Lennar sales office in Carson City OK’d


Carson City planning commissioners unanimously approved a special use permit for a temporary sales office, model homes, and signage as part of the Blackstone Ranch development in Carson City.

The permit allows the sales office and model homes on four parcels zoned single family 6,000 (minimum parcel size in square feet) along Wildcat Peak Drive.

The applicant is Lennar Reno.

Tom Sosa of Lennar said future homes at the site could range from the high $300,000s to the low $400,000s, depending on interest rates and market flux.

“The market is changing rapidly right now,” he said. “We’ll see what the market does this spring.”

Associate Planner Heather Manzo said the permit is conditioned to require all signage be removed at conclusion of sales.

“It’s a matter of natural progress for model homes to convert when a subdivision is built out,” she said.

In August, the Board of Supervisors approved final subdivision maps for two phases of the Blackstone Ranch project, creating 123 residential lots south of Hogan Peak Street.

In other action Tuesday, planning commissioners:

• Continued a special use permit hearing for a proposed three-story care facility with 369 beds, administrative buildings, outdoor resident recreation areas, dog parks, gardens and other site improvements.

The item will be heard at the commission’s Dec. 20 meeting.

The project, located at 4500 N. Carson St., in the retail commercial zone, would also include 12 caregiver apartment units.

A special use permit is needed to allow the care facility and multifamily units in the retail commercial zone.

Manzo said the project might trigger a growth management application, which would also be presented to the commission.

Carson’s growth management program began in 1978 to cap the number of residential building permits to a 3 percent growth rate. Commercial and industrial developments using more than 15,000 gallons of water a day must also apply for special approval.

• Approved a special use permit to allow a beauty salon on property zoned general office.

Located on East Robinson Street, the property has a 2,156-square-foot office that will be converted into the salon.

“I always wanted to have my own salon,” applicant and business owner Jennifer Cid told planning commissioners.

The vote for approval was unanimous.

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