Dear Friends of Red Rock Canyon,
The Clark County Commissioners’ meeting is tomorrow!
(At which they will be deciding whether to approve or deny the concept plan for high density development on the mountain in the middle of Red Rock, see map.)
Today is your last chance before the meeting to make a difference. If you haven’t already, please do what you can to help SAVE RED ROCK!
- sign the Petition
- contact the commissioners: just write a short note asking them to PLEASE KEEP RED ROCK RURAL!
- attend the Clark County Commissioner’s hearing
- AUGUST 17, 9:00 a.m.
- Wear Red for Red Rock.
- Clark County Government Building
- 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy, LV, NV 89155
- You can RSVP on Facebook
- spread the word
- network on facebook (Save Red Rock Canyon group page and event page)
- forward the info. to your friends
The concept plan:
The major project submitted to Clark County Commissioners for consideration, proposes a a high density development of over 7000 homes, a university and/or research center, businesses, hotels, condos, and strip malls atop the mountain in the middle of Red Rock Canyon.
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.
If the Commissioners approve this concept plan, Clark County will have compromised it’s most magnificent National Conservation Area for the profit of one developer. It’s not even a question of taking away property owner rights. This developer already has the right to build on his property, but only in a rural manner just like any other private property owner within the canyon (at one house per two acres). But he is not satisfied with this, and is backing his high density mountain proposal with a marvelous public relations effort, very smart legal maneuverings, and a powerful budget.
The decision the commissioners are scheduled to make on the morning of Aug. 17 will define us all.
So to save Red Rock Canyon, public interest needs to be presented in every available means of communication — newspaper editorials, emails and phone calls to the commissioners, tweets, blogs, websites and — above all — presence at the decision-making event. If we care, now is the time to express our senses of honor, reason and beauty. It is a time for action. (from July 31 Evan Blythin letter to editor in Review Journal)
Sample letter to Commissioners:
(from Nevada Conservation League Action Alerts)
I am asking you to protect Red Rock Canyon by voting against the proposed
Blue Diamond Hill development.
It changes the landscape of a national treasure in our own backyard.
Building 7,000 homes along with commercial centers and industrial shops
would create pollution and congestion right in the middle of one of the
region’s most popular hiking, cycling, and rock climbing destinations.
It does not make economic sense. The proposed plan places additional
strain on the already overdeveloped housing market and requires an
expansion of the county’s current infrastructure to service a new area.
With home prices at their lowest in 20 years, and with a community still
feeling the impacts of the largest foreclosure crisis our nation has ever
seen, WHY would we approve this development?
It opens the door to future developers trying to break the rules for
building in rural areas. These codes exist to limit the consumption of
limited resources, such as water, in areas with limited access to
resources, as well as to protect the natural character of our most beloved