The Red Rock Overlay District is Clark County’s last remaining protection for Red Rock Canyon and has withstood the test of time for over 20 years. But now, under the current review of “Transform Clark County”, it is at risk for large scale changes which could eliminate significant rural protections and result in increased danger on the scenic byway and irreversible harm to Red Rock Canyon.
We have drafted a quick letter to Commissioner Justin Jones, whose district includes the Red Rock Canyon area, asking him to preserve these crucial protections. If you agree, please click to review and send this letter or write your own today!
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The Clark County Commissioners are rewriting Title 30 through Transform Clark County and considering changing the Red Rock Overlay, a set of protections adopted into the building code to keep the area rural. Commissioner Justin Jones presides over the Red Rock Canyon area and needs to know that you support these protections.
What’s Happening and Why?
In 2001, Clark County worked with the community to provide zoning protections for Red Rock Canyon. A gradual transition area was patterned successfully after other cities in beautiful, natural and sensitive areas like Phoenix and Sedona. After two years of public participation, the Red Rock Overlay Development guidelines were added to Title 30. The purpose was to develop design standards in and around the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area to minimize visual impact, maintain rural character, preserve wildlife habitat, prioritize safety on the scenic byway and minimize traffic impacts.
How does the Red Rock Design Overlay District protect Red Rock Canyon?
The private lands in and around Red Rock Canyon are subject to a rural design standard which:
- Protects existing rural zoning by prohibiting increases in density and intensity.
- Protects recreational safety by limiting additional ingress and egress from SR 159
- Preserves the rural atmosphere by prohibiting clustering, a development technique which allows for condensed urban spacing and increased density.
- Complements conservation by requiring a natural building envelope around all new construction which preserves animal migration corridors and the rural and scenic character of the area.
- Protects the view shed with ridgeline and height restrictions and low level lighting.
- Minimizes traffic impacts by prohibiting new nonresidential areas.
- Complements the natural environment with color palettes and architectural guidelines.
- Promotes eco-friendly landscaping with native desert plants and the prevention of non-native, invasive species.
These guidelines have been followed successfully for over 20 years. But now that Title 30 is being re-written, these protections are at risk. The harmful impact of non-rural, urban-style development in and around Red Rock Canyon would be irreversible. Your letter allows your voice to be heard. It is imperative that we ask Clark County to preserve these last remaining rural protections. The future of Red Rock Canyon is at stake.
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