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Planned Unit Developments, Public Participation, and Planning: The Case of Spring Mountain
AuthorCiccone, Rebecca A.
AdvisorStarrs, Paul F.
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AbstractThe expanding suburban landscape and the City of Reno's recent development history is intimately linked to the use of one planning tool, the planned unit development (PUD). Thirty miles north and seated in a remote valley sits Winnemucca Ranch, founded in the 19th century, but waiting to be developed into Spring Mountain, an environmentally sensitive PUD promised as the next big residential development in Reno, Nevada. Since 2006 this proposed development has been at the center of controversy - Sparks, Washoe County, and Reno have wrangled about who will have jurisdictional control over the project, and community members have rallied and organized to prevent the development. The Spring Mountain PUD is located on the furthest fringes of existing development, and critics argue that it will increase traffic congestion, damage habitat, deepen water short-ages, and increase the city service cost burden. Understanding why this pro-posed development is so controversial requires a step back into history to under-stand the origins of suburban development and the models that have given rise to the modern suburb, specifically the Romantic Suburb. Chapters 1 and 2 of this thesis sheds light on the history and evolution of the planning process for suburbanization, and sets the stage for examining the public perception and participation in the controversial Spring Mountain PUD (Chapter 3). Drawing on interviews with Reno's community planners, local activists, Spring Mountain developers, and following the public process as this development makes its way to realization demonstrates how people, PUDs, and the planning process collide to create a suburb.