About the Gypsum Resources Plan
Q: Doesn’t the developer have a legal right to build on his own land?
A: Yes he does, but only rural rights of one house per two acres. He is asking the county to change that to high density zoning instead of rural zoning. Save Red Rock is not against property owner rights. He has the right to build a small village with one house per two acres, rurally zoned. In fact, he has the right to build 10 small villages the size of the biggest village in Red Rock Canyon currently, which is Blue Diamond. Nobody can fight his property rights. What Save Red Rock is fighting is his request to the county commissioners to change his zoning to 500% more, or 5000 homes, 14,000 people, and commercial development and professional magnet institutions to draw even more traffic on top of that. The Save Red Rock battle is to preserve the rural character of Red Rock Canyon.
Q: How would this proposed development impact Red Rock Canyon?
A: See Talking Points below:
Q: If the development proposes dark skies initiative, doesn’t that mean that Red Rock will have dark skies?
A: They can build street lights pointing down, but there’s nothing they can do about the proposed volume of at least ten thousand cars’ headlights roaming around on top of the mountain that blocks the light pollution from the city.
Q: How could the access road affect the Red Rock Scenic Byway if it is not going directly to it?
A: It’s been said, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing twice and expecting different results. During the time when Mountain’s Edge development and Southern Highlands were being built, the county had approved the developments, without requiring sufficient access to them, so the thousands of new residents and construction traffic drivers soon discovered that Red Rock Canyon, the scenic byway, even though it was 7 miles out of the way each way (14 miles extra), was still the fastest way to get to the 215. Drivers always pick the path of least resistance. The quickest way. This immediately caused a problem in the canyon. One of the most tragic, of which, was the loss of our dear friend Don Albietz, who got killed while riding his bike by a construction truck which would have otherwise not been in Red Rock Canyon. This is why I started the website www.saveredrock.com and the battle to make Red Rock safer and preserve the scenic, rural character raged on. More about Don Albietz inspiration for Save Red Rock here.
12- CC215/I15 TRAFFIC IMPACTS: