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Red Rock Development On Hold…For Now

County Commission Tables Decision Until BLM Action

April 18, 2019 - 10:46 am

LAS VEGAS (KXNT) - Opponents of new building at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area came away happy Wednesday after Clark County commissioners decided to delay ruling on a developer’s request on a plan to build 3,000 homes overlooking the canyon.

Playing to a room packed with those fighting against further development, commissioners ruled that the Bureau of Land Management must first approve a right-of-way application before any development is to begin. Such policy was first adopted by commissioners back in 2011, and stated that any plan specific to development would have to address standards, streets, and traffic impact, among other details.

Gypsum Resources, LLC, the company that owns the land slated to be developed, had asked commissioners to consider their plan before getting BLM approval, but commissioners ruled they were going to abide by the 2011 agreement. 

Roughly three dozen members of the group Save Red Rock, which opposes the plan for development, celebrated the Commission’s ruling.  The group says they collected more than 50,000 petition signatures urging the Commission to keep Red Rock rural.

The timeline for the Bureau of Land Management’s decision on the matter is not known, but the County Commission says it will not make another move on the matter until the BLM.

A spokesman for Gypsum Resources LLC said that while they’re disappointed by the ruling, it may be in everyone’s best interest to get a fresh perspective on the matter from new commissioners that have been sworn in since the development plan was submitted last year.