The proposed development of approximately 2,000 acres of land adjacent to Red Rock to create a master planned community of 3,000 houses and commercial development has been the subject of much controversy and litigation. Critics cite environmental concerns that increased traffic and population would severely impact habitats and strain scant resources and will create hazardous driving conditions on Route 159.
At the meeting of the Clark County Commissioners on Wednesday, April 17th, the developer requested a waiver of a condition previously set by the commission - that the developer obtain a right of way from the Bureau of Land Management to allow access to the property from Blue Diamond Road - prior to continuing with next steps of the development.
Red Rock Audubon members, John Hiatt and Nancy Chang, attended the meeting on behalf of the club. John Hiatt addressed the Commission voicing opposition to waiving the condition. Save Red Rock also had many members at the meeting, citing their opposition to the waiver.
By unanimous vote, the Commission denied the developer's request for the waiver. The developer has 12 months to obtain the waiver from BLM. Should the developer obtain the waiver, then more studies will begin regarding the project to determine if it can move forward.