Reno residents fight rock crushing facility

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — A group of homeowners in a Reno neighborhood is fighting a proposed rock crushing and compost recycling facility that would be located about 80 feet behind some backyards.

Residents in the University Ridge community overlooking the University of Nevada, Reno campus are appealing the Reno Planning Commission's decision to grant C4 Equity LLC several variances to launch the business.

The Reno City Council will consider the Incline Village-based company's proposal Wednesday evening.

The company wants to store concrete, asphalt and compost materials on the property, and to recycle the concrete and asphalt by using a mobile crushing unit. Noise from the operation could not exceed 65 decibels from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Residents say the plans are not compatible with the neighborhood because of the noise, traffic and dust that would be caused by semi-trucks and a concrete crushing machine.

"I like small businesses, I like recycling, but this operation just doesn't fit in a residential area in my mind," Tom Bell, president of the home owners' association, told the Reno Gazette-Journal (http://on.rgj.com/XQGWnr ). "I'm going to push for the association to make a stand against any kind of industrial operation on that property."

Calls to C4 Equity were not returned.

Company representative Troy Carson told planning commissioners at a Feb. 6 meeting that the application "snowballed" into a more ambitious proposal than what was originally sought.

"This project is not a truck stop. It's not going to be a hub," he said then. "What it is is a family-owned business."

The property already includes a 5,100-square-foot industrial space covered by a metal canopy, which used to house a headstone manufacturer more than a decade ago.

While the site has been zoned for industrial uses for decades and is sandwiched between two NV Energy facilities, the project is drawing opposition from not only residents but Union Pacific railroad officials and Washoe County air quality regulators.

The railroad opposes it because up to 15 trucks would cross the railroad tracks to access the facility.

Regulators' concerns include odors from the compost recycling, noise from idling diesel trucks and dust created by the project.

"It's not really a neighborhood-compatible operation," Charlene Albee of the county Health District told the Gazette-Journal. "It would be much better in an actual industrial setting."

But planning commissioners voted 6-1 in favor of the project.

"There's a right to do business on this property as it's currently zoned industrial," Commissioner Kevin Weiske said.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com

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