A look back at 2019's biggest stories in north Lyon County – Reno Gazette Journal



Major Silver Springs subdivision approved

The first major residential subdivision for the Silver Springs area was approved when the county board of commissioners approved Buckland Crossing, a seven-phase, 20-year project on 280 acres bordered by Spruce and Fir avenues.

After final buildout, the project will have 739 lots. About one-third of the project includes 6,000-square-foot lots, something many residents opposed.

While the commissioners approved the project while also expressing concern about the lot sizes, County Manager Jeff Page reminded them of the county’s affordable housing crisis.

“We have a housing crisis in Lyon County. Lahontan Reservoir has become the RV center of the county,” he said. “I’m not a huge fan of 6,000-square-foot lots … But, that being said, we have a housing problem in Lyon County. We didn’t create the problem, but we have it. Six-thousand-square-foot lots are not tied to poverty.”

Fernley marijuana dispensary opens

The second marijuana dispensary in Lyon County opened in Fernley when Silver State Relief, selling recreational and medical marijuana, opened in January to a steady stream of customers.

Silver State Relief’s Fernley dispensary. (Photo: Amy Alonzo/Fernley Leader-Courier)

The dispensary was the second to open in Lyon County. In 2018, the Yerington Paiute Tribe opened Pesha’ Numma Dispensary in Yerington.

The opening of the Fernley dispensary meant that all the county’s major residential areas are within 25 miles of a marijuana dispensary. It is illegal to grow within a 25-mile radius of a dispensary. Smith Valley is served by Yerington, Silver Springs is serviced by Fernley and Dayton and Moundhouse are served by Carson City.

Mothballed Dayton wastewater plant brought back online

The Nevada Department of Environmental Protection authorized the county to bring a mothballed wastewater treatment plant back online

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