February 23, 2017, Las Vegas, Nev. – Yesterday, Save Red Rock (SRR) turned out hundreds of Clark County residents to testify in opposition to developer Jim Rhodes’ Gypsum Resources LLC’s (Gypsum) proposal to build more than 5,000 homes in Red Rock Canyon. Among the many who testified against Gypsum’s proposal were Robert Reynolds, manager for rock band, The Killers, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen, and world-renown rock climber Alex Honnald, American BMX Rider, TJ Lavin, as well as geologists, economists, and other experts. SRR President Heather Fisher also presented the Commission with more than 45,000 signed petitions asking to keep Red Rock rural.
But a majority of the County Commission ignored the overwhelming outcry from the public, ignored the testimony from experts, and voted 5-2 to allow Gypsum to proceed with its plan for sprawl development in Red Rock.
“We applaud Commissioners Chris Giunchigliani and Lawrence Weekly for listening to their constituents and voting to preserve Red Rock,” said Fisher. “By contrast, Commissioners Steve Sisolak, Susan Brager, Larry Brown, Mary Beth Scow, and Marilyn Kirkpatrick all ignored the will of the voters and voted again to spoil the rural character of Red Rock Canyon.”
Despite their disappointment with the County Commission vote, SRR is determined to continue the fight to preserve Red Rock from high density development. First, SRR will aggressively pursue the County in court, including depositions of County staff and Commissioners. SRR will then ask the judge to rule that, contrary to what the County said yesterday at the hearing, Gypsum’s 2011 development plan expired.
Whatever the outcome in the lawsuit, Gypsum will have to return to the County Commission at some point in the future before it can take the next step in the development process. When it does, the County Commission can be assured that SRR and its supporters will be there to speak out even louder and even stronger.
Supporters are encouraged to advocate and support SRR by signing the petition, currently with almost 48,000 signatures, emailing their County Commissioners and donating to the cause at www.saveredrock.com.
About Save Red Rock
Save Red Rock is a group of concerned citizens working to preserve the safety, serenity, and scenic nature of Red Rock Canyon. The group strives to protect the rural character and prioritize recreational and environmental needs over other uses not conducive to the primary uses as determined for the canyon area. For more information visit www.SaveRedRock.com or connect with Save Red Rock on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Jennifer Bradley, [email protected], 702.234.9385