A proposed regional plan in Reno, Nevada, is looking to make big steps towards increasing the area's density and environmental friendliness. But opponents are worried that a rise in density will create major infrastructure problems.
"Critics say the plan does nothing to stop out-of-control sprawl that will cost taxpayers money for wider roads and other services. And they say it masks a potential water shortage that could lead to more stringent water conservation measures for all residents."
"The draft plan sets new minimum densities for high-growth regional centers such as downtown Reno and Sparks and major corridors such as Virginia Street. Densities must average 45 units an acre in the downtowns and 30 units an acre for other regional centers and corridors."
"The cities and county must provide strategies for affordable housing and measurable goals. And the draft plan calls for the cities and county to promote the design of energy-efficient buildings including site location, as well as use of renewable energy sources such as solar."