On 10-4-22 a subdivision phase 1 project of 429 homes on 671 acres on Blue Diamond Hill was conditionally approved by the Clark County Commissioners. But for 20+ years, the public support to Keep Red Rock Rural remains united and strong! We are so grateful for your participation in writing letters, signing petitions and showing up to make your voice heard. This is one step in a long, complicated process and the fight is not over yet!
So, what’s next for development around Red Rock Canyon?
Here’s what you need to know
Support for Red Rock was Strong
The people who love Red Rock Canyon are strong and unified. There was a huge public outcry in opposition to the October 4th Red Rock Canyon subdivision application
- 1064 emails were sent to Clark County Commissioners
- 2421 petition signatures were collected
- Four rows of Save Red Rock people filled the Clark County Commissioners meeting chambers
Save Red Rock is a proponent of compliant rural development only, and has a history dating back to 2002 facing many housing proposals, from the initial Master Planned Community of 8,400 homes on 3,000 acres, to the current phase 1 project of a 429 home subdivision on 671 acres. During those 20 years there has been much litigation and Gypsum Resources is currently suing Clark County over these parcels.
This is Not a Done Deal
A series of conditions imposed by county commissioners must be met before final approval, including federal approvals, before any construction can begin. This phase 1 project is surrounded by National Conservation Area and assumes the use of a busy National Scenic Byway for all of its construction and commuter traffic. Since BLM is a public agency, Save Red Rock will keep you informed of any proceedings.
What is a Conditional Approval?
The October 4th subdivision application received an approval from the Clark County Commissioners with conditions that must be met prior to a full approval. In addition to compliance with federal law, the major conditions placed on this application include:
- No additional density will be allowed without proper land use approval
- Traffic study and compliance
- This application must commence within 4 years of approval date or it will expire
- Demonstrate paved legal access
- Fire/emergency access must comply with the Fire Code
Save Red Rock will continue to be vigilant to ensure that each condition is adhered to without request for waivers. Gypsum Resources has previously requested Waiver of Conditions in 2011 and 2019. At the October 4th hearing Commissioner Jones was direct with the applicant documenting the Applicant’s full understanding and acceptance of the conditions which helps prevent requests for future waivers of conditions.
How Does the Law Protect Red Rock Canyon?
Red Rock Canyon is protected by three major documents:
- Clark County Title 30 Development Code
- Red Rock Overlay within the Title 30 Development Code
- The 2010 Settlement Agreement between Gypsum Resources and County of Clark
Save Red Rock believes that the October 4th subdivision application conflicts with the law as determined by these three documents. However, the County Commissioners were instructed by the Chief Deputy District Attorney that there was not a conflict. This resulted in an unanimous and conditional approval by the Clark County Commissioners.
The applicant now has the task of complying with the conditions attached to this phase 1 subdivision approval. Save Red Rock will be informing and instructing everyone on each opportunity to fight to keep Red Rock Rural and protect Scenic Byway 159.
Save Red Rock Thanks You
For Your Protection of Red Rock Canyon