Proposed housing development near Red Rock upsets some residents

LAS VEGAS - A proposal to build a major housing development near Red Rock canyon isn't sitting too well with some neighbors in the area.

The issue has been brewing for years but it's heating up again because the project could now be moving forward if the county gives developers the okay.

"It sounds like a nice place, great plan, it's just in the wrong location," said Heather Fisher, Save Red Rock.

She has enjoyed a view of Blue Diamond hill from her bicycle shop for years on the west side. Now that scenery is at risk of changing if thousands of homes are built near Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

"It would bring in 5,000 units, 10,000 cars, thousands of car trips a day. Traffic, lights, smog, all that kinds of stuff that comes with a development," Fisher said.

Consultants for Gypsum Resources, which owns the land and used to mine minerals, tells 8 News NOW they've worked to scale back the amount of proposed homes to be built after hearing concerns from the community.

"There's a significant reduction and there's been a reduction to every step of the process. The original plans prepared in 2010 had over 9,000 units," said Ron Krater, consultant for Gypsum Resources.

People with the group Save Red Rock feel the current proposal would still harm the natural beauty of the area. They've started a petition with about 5,000 signatures so far. It's an effort to scale back the development even more.

"The community is reaching out. I've met with Red Rock and Blue diamond people," said Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager.

She has worked to keep the land preserved, but says if the county allows the land owner to move forward with housing development, there would have to be measures in place to protect the area.

Developers are confident homes will eventually be built on the land.

"The idea that it would never be developed and left as open space that's just not an option," Krater said.

But Fisher plans to keep fighting to keep the land untouched as much as possible.

"Turning it into a city doesn't make any sense because of the location. It will change Red Rock for everybod," Fisher said.

The county planning commission is set to take up the issue at its next meeting Oct. 18 and vote on it at their first meeting in November.
 


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