Breaking News: Red Rock Won…for now.
Commissioner Brager Stands by Her Conditions of Approval and Gypsum Resources Submits a Request to Hold the Red Rock Development Agenda Items
(December 4, 2018) Clark County Commissioner, Susan Brager, today informed Save Red Rock that the Gypsum Resources development request will not be heard on tomorrow’s agenda. Susan Brager is the Commissioner over District F which includes the Red Rock Canyon area.
“We are so grateful to Commissioner Brager for listening to her constituents,” said Heather Fisher, President of Save Red Rock, adding, “Thousands of phone calls and emails were sent to all the Commissioners asking them to keep their promises and protect Red Rock Canyon, and today Susan Brager said she would stand true to her word.”
Save Red Rock also thanks Commission Chairman, Steve Sisolak, for taking a stand for Red Rock in his support of the hold.
“Protecting our vital open spaces, scenic treasures and irreplaceable resources has always been, and will always be, among my highest priorities. I will oppose waiving these conditions. Moreover, the voters of Clark County will have spoken and elected two new Commissioners, and a third will be appointed, to be seated in January. I will not be a party to a lame-duck vote on such an important matter and I support allowing the next iteration of the County Commission being granted the opportunity to weigh in on this issue.”
Without waivers of conditions, the specific development plan cannot move forward. The applicant agreed to hold his requests in a letter to Commissioner Brager.
Email the Commissioners: Thank you!
Who made this promise to protect Red Rock?
The 2011 Clark County Board of Commissioners:
- Steve Sisolak, Dist. A and Chairman of the Board
- was Tom Collins, Dist. B (seat now held by Marilyn Kirkpatrick)
- Larry Brown, Dist. C
- Lawrence Weekly, Dist. D
- Chris Giunchigliani, Dist. E
- Susan Brager, Dist. F, Red Rock’s District
- was Mary Beth Scow, Dist. G (seat now held by James Gibson)
What did they promise?
Commissioners promised that they would not let the developer apply for a specific plan to build thousands of homes in Red Rock until after he had gotten right-of-way approval from the BLM to build a major highway up the mountain to get to it. The commissioners promised this and other conditions to protect Red Rock Canyon from the impacts of this development.
When did they make this promise?
In the publicly noticed Board of County Commissioners meeting in March, 2011 and again in February, 2017.
Who did they make this promise to?
- The people from Nevada and around the world who love Red Rock Canyon.
- The over 50,000 people who signed the petition to “Keep Red Rock Rural” that Save Red Rock submitted at the Feb 22, 2017 County Commission meeting.
- The roughly 500 people who attended that meeting–the most attended, most media “trending” BCC meeting in history.
- The roughly 300 people who attended the first meeting on this same development back in 2011, during which the conditions were adopted, then re-adopted in 2017.
Who is the developer?
Gypsum Resources is the development company started by developer Jim Rhodes, who bought rural zoned land on Blue Diamond Hill. Since then, he has been trying to get the commissioners to allow him a non-conforming change to build a master plan with thousands of houses, schools, hospitals, businesses, etc.
What’s the harm in a broken promise?
There is an old proverb. There is no greater fraud than a promise not kept. If commissioners waive this important condition, the developer would be able to get his plan approved even though he doesn’t have BLM right-of-way approval. Also, if they can waive it, it sets a precedent that they can waive any of the other conditions.
Who is taking away property rights?
Nobody. Jim Rhodes has the right to build one house per two acres on the land he purchased because it is zoned rural. Save Red Rock encourages him to build on his land as he bought it, but not to go against the local land use plan and zoning and initiate a dangerous slippery slope for Red Rock. If one developer can change the rules for Red Rock, another will want the same special treatment, and so on.