It has been told (although it has not been verified) that many, many, many years ago the ranch (now known as Tahoe Reno Industrial Center) was once owned by the Wright Brothers. We do know that TRI Center was once owned by Asmeria Mineral, a mining company that was in search of the remnants from the original Comstock load.
Industrial involvement began in 1998 when the park was purchased from the Gulf Oil Company. Gulf had planned to turn the property into a corporate hunting retreat, complete with live game. However, the economy turned in the mid-1990’s and such corporate “benefits” were the first to go.
The Tahoe Reno Industrial Center is a remarkable, massive 107,000-acre park that encompasses a developable 30,000 acre industrial complex. It is located in Storey County, Nevada approximately nine miles east of the Reno-Sparks area on the 1-80 freeway. The center is a 15-minute drive from the Reno Tahoe International Airport. The main entrances are the Patrick and USA Parkway interchanges off of 1-80. Both the Union Pacific Railway and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway service selected areas of the industrial center.
This vast park is intended to be a mixed-use, nonresidential development, consisting of a wide range of industrial, office and commercial businesses. Please reference our maps as they show the general location of TRI Center, its massive size and location relative to the surrounding region.
- Industrial Zoning & Use Permit — On July 1, 1999, the Storey County Zoning Ordinance was adopted. All of TRI Center was zoned at that time 1-2 Heavy Industrial. This allows most industrial uses without any further discretionary permits, such as special use permits or conditional use permits. Most industrial uses can go straight to architectural review and building permits. The following are uses that have already been approved at TRI Center: plastic and vinyl manufacturing, natural gas power plants, fuel processing, rail yards, food manufacturing, heavy equipment repair center, building products manufacturing, fueling stations, paint manufacturing, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, medical services, artillery manufacturing, bio-fuels technologies, cold-storage, food distribution, indoor/outdoor storage, rubber manufacturing, and many internet retailer fulfillment centers.
- No Fees or Exactions — Development Agreement and the Development Handbook were incorporated into ordinance on February 1, 2000. The agreement has components restricting the county’s ability to impose any new development regulations, fees or exactions. As a result of these entitlements, TRI Center has no state or local government development fees or exactions.
TRI Center rises to the top of every site selection process for numerous reasons. These are discussed in detail below to clearly present the state of readiness the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center maintains.
- Zoning — TRI Center is zoned I-2 Heavy Industrial based on the Storey County Zoning Ordinance. The ordinance incorporates light industrial zoning and commercial zoning. Most types of industrial uses are permitted outright with only a few requiring special use permits. Therefore the vast majority of industrial users in TRI Center can develop sites with only a county building permit.
- Traffic and Access — The park has 12 miles of I-80 frontage with two interchanges: the main entrance of USA Parkway with secondary access through Patrick/Waltham Way. Today, we have well over 100 lanes-miles of road built to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation official standards to carry traffic throughout.
- Water and Sewer Service — TRI Center’s water and sewer services are administered by the Tahoe Reno Industrial General Improvement District (TRI GID). There is an abundance of water available from underground aquifers, pumped to multi-million gallon storage units located at high elevations, providing ESFR pressure throughout the park. Sewer treatment is handled in a state-of-the-art facility located in the center. The effluent is treated back to a Truckee River water standard that is then distributed back to the industrial center in a separate system designated for recycled uses such as irrigation, wash-down or cooling processes.
- Other Utility Services — NV Energy provides electrical power and natural gas from main transmission lines at the north end of the center. NV Energy is a regulated public utility. These utilities are oversized, allowing for large industrial processes and development growth of your facility. There are five generating power plants on-site generating 900 megawatts of power for the northern Nevada market. These power plants are served by the two largest gas mains in the United States.
- Environmental Status — TRI Center is a Greenfield project with minimal exposure to the typical man-caused environmental issues faced by most industrial centers.
- High Desert Means NO Wetlands — TRI Center is located in a high desert environment; there are no wetland. The Truckee River flows near the northern project boundary providing a unique balance of nature and industrial development.
- Storm Drainage — Major storm drainage improvements (i.e. flood channels and basins) are in place. There are no off-site requirements necessary. There are no flood control districts, off site fees or exactions.
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