A small part of the state ordinance to protect Red Rock Canyon was found unconstitutional by the developer’s lawyers (because it devalued the land) and by the same judge that is about to hear a case against the similar language of the county ordinance. To avoid losing the lawsuit and the entire Red Rock Overlay, the county proposes to let Jim Rhodes build a “major project” on 1700 acres instead of 2400 acres, and to make him exempt from the restrictions that everyone else is subject to in the Red Rock Overlay District, such as low density, low lighting, etc. In exchange, the lawsuit would be dropped and the county would not risk losing the entire Red Rock Overlay District and paying legal fees of up to one million dollars, which would be a bad thing for all of us. Meanwhile, the state case is being appealed, and it could change the scenario for the better, if it wins, negating the need for a compromise. It’s a pity that the interests of thousands of people who love Red Rock Canyon are found in the grip of one man’s lawyers. There is a better way, we just have to dig deep, find it, support any efforts by county commissioners to help us, and never give up. Anybody know any good real estate lawyers who like to hike in Red Rock?
LAS VEGAS SUN FRONT PAGE ARTICLE
(click the link for the article in today’s paper and some interesting comments from the public)