The issues surrounding potential developments near Nevada’s Red Rock Canyon are well documented at this point, but the issue bears repeating in case you weren’t aware. The basic gist of the situation is that a local developer is pushing forward with a plan to develop some 7,000 homes and other buildings directly adjacent to Red Rock Canyon. Other than the fact that this development seems illogical given the current status of the Vegas economy, it would have a direct impact on the outdoor experience of any and all users of Red Rock. The Access Fund has stated that the development would be visible from most anywhere in Red Rock, and the added congestion and other unforeseeable side-affects certainly seem to not be in the outdoor community’s best interest.
There’s also this from SaveRedRock.com:
The plan does not honor the land use and zoning plans for the area. Nor does the plan honor the local, state and national commitments that led to the creation of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, an area near and dear to Las Vegas that has become world renown for it’s hiking, rock climbing, cycling, nature walks, photography, and natural tourist draw.
This concept plan also defies reason and economics, asks commissioners to jump the Las Vegas infrastructure five miles from what is readily available, adds 7,000 more homes in Southern Nevada when 20,000 homes sit vacant, proposes major competition to our local university system, and adds 20,000 or more people in an area of drought.
Location of proposed development outside Red Rock Canyon
Locals are encouraged to attend a hearing on August 17th at 9:00 am when the plan will be presented to the Board of County commissioners. In addition, emails and petitions are being circulated so the otudoor community as a whole can make their voice heard before it’s too late. Visit SaveRedRock.com for more information on what you can do to help.