We come to you today with over 5000 names on a petition, hundreds here in attendance, and thousands who have written you letters asking you to please, KEEP RED ROCK RURAL!
Any number of units over rural designation destroys the integrity of the area and opens the floodgates to inappropriate zoning based on who has the most money and the most “convincing” attorney, not on overwhelming public interest or what is appropriate for an area. Title 30 was created to protect the public interest and you were elected to uphold Title 30 and all Clark County Land Use Laws and Policies.
This decision sets precedent for every other zoning issue in the entire country. If rural can’t be preserved here, where it is so publicly desired and historically appropriate, it can’t be preserved anywhere. Which means there is no point in rural or any type of zoning in the first place. If there’s no such thing as appropriate and inappropriate zoning based on location and public interest, then there’s no point in zoning. If this much public interest can’t be supported, nothing can. Which means that there is no power in the people. There is no point to having laws. There is no point in having elected officials. There is no point to to voting. If lawmakers cannot make a stand for the laws they create and the people they represent, then the only thing that matters is one judge and one lawyer, two people (and lots of money). The number two seems easier for a developer to get to than an entire public.
How is it that good faith won’t swing our way just as much as it swings the developer’s way? The District Attorney, Rob Warhola told us at last year’s hearing that the settlement would not affect your power to approve or deny this application and now he is saying it will. That seems like a breach of good faith on the public side of the agreement.
Please listen to the hundreds of testimonies on Wednesday and the thousands of testimonies in letters you receive, and please, consider the public you were elected to represent over the one county attorney that historically argues the same side as the developer.