ericandlucie Posted July 31, 2011 Share Posted July 31, 2011 (edited) If you love Red Rocks, please read on. If you've ever climbed at Red Rocks (who hasn't?), you understand how real the development pressure to this unique area has been in the last many years. The Las Vegas suburb of Summerlin has now reached the very edge of the conservation area. Some of us remember the days (only 15 years ago) when it was a long semi-rural drive from the edge of town to Red Rocks. But at least for now, development has stopped from that direction and is still relatively far and largely out of sight from the cliffs and canyons we love. That is about to change. If local developer Jim Rhodes gets his way, the entire Blue Diamond Hill (the massive hill at the center of the RR cirque, that forms the foreground of the view from anywhere at Red Rocks, and the backdrop to the BLM campground, and is currently completely undeveloped) will become a brand new town of 5,000+ homes and about 15,000 residents, complete with shopping malls, schools, etc. An official plan has recently been submitted to the county by the developers: it effectively puts a brand new mid-size city right in the middle of the conservation area. The distance between the escarpment and the closest modern developments will drop from the current 10 miles to less than 3.5 miles. This translates to an increase in the light and noise pollution by a factor of more than 8, not even accounting for the buffer effect played by the currently undeveloped hill! If this plan goes forward, you may not even need a headlamp anymore for those early morning approaches to Resolution Arete! For more details about the history of this situation, please see the first two references below. On August 17 at 9AM, the Clark County Zoning Commission will meet to approve/disapprove this plan. Opposition to the plan (www.saveredrock.com) has to date remained localized around the small town of Blue Diamond and local Las Vegas newspapers, largely due to a lack of information among the larger community. Because climbers are uniquely attached to this area, I believe they are the most likely group to stand up for its preservation. For the last few weeks, some of us have been trying to spread the word within the climbing community. A public outcry to the officials involved, particularly if coming from the entire nation, may have a good chance of changing the outcome and saving this unique area. Here’s what you can do (in order of decreasing urgency, but remember, the key decision will be made on August 17, so there are only a few days to act): 1. Call or write e-mails to Clark county commissioners: Do this now, and certainly before August 15! See contact information below. 2. Ask your friends to do the same: please forward this e-mail to all your friends! 3. Sign the petition 4. Send e-mails to congressmen and the BLM 5. If you live reasonably close to Vegas, be at the Clark County zoning commission meeting on August 17, and either speak up or wear/carry evidence of your position on the issue. Please ACT! On behalf of the future of Red Rocks: thank you! APPENDICES Contact Information: Clark county commissioners: All commissioners can be reached by phone at: (702) 455-3500 All commissioners can receive faxes at: (702) 455-3271 Clark County Commissioners, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89155 Steve Sisolak, District A, ccdista@ClarkCountyNV.gov Tom Collins, District B, ccdistb@ClarkCountyNV.gov Larry Brown, District C, ccdistc@ClarkCountyNV.gov Lawrence Weekly, District D, ccdistd@ClarkCountyNV.gov Chris Giunchigliani, District E, ccdiste@ClarkCountyNV.gov Susan Brager, District F, ccdistf@ClarkCountyNV.gov Mary Beth Scow, District G, ccdistg@ClarkCountyNV.gov BLM Southern Nevada District Office: Mary Jo Rugwell, District Manager, 4701 North Torrey Pines Drive Las Vegas, NV 89130 Phone: 702-515-5000 Fax: 702-515-5023 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org NV Congressmen/women: (even if you don't live in NV, it doesn't mean you shouldn't contact them) Senator Harry Reid (D- NV), 202-224-3542, http://reid.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm Senator Dean Heller (R- NV), 202-224-6244, heller.senate.gov/contact_form.cfm Representative Shelley Berkley (D-01), 202-225-5965, email@example.com Representative Joe Heck (R-03), 202-225-3252, https://heck.house.gov/contact-me/email-me Upcoming Clark County Zoning Commission meeting: August 17 (Wednesday), 9:00 a.m., Clark County Government Building, Commission Chambers Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, NV. Suggested key points for use in e-mails to officials: • Red Rocks is a National Conservation Area, of considerable interest to all Americans and foreign tourists, with a unique oasis-like flora and fauna and amazing scenery. • Red Rocks is a world-renowned climbing area, visited each year by thousands of climbers from the US and abroad. Those climbers spend their time and money at Red Rocks because of its unique beauty and undeveloped character. • Contrary to biased assertions in the developer’s plan, the proposed development is in plain unobstructed view from most of the hiking and climbing locales in the Red Rocks NRA. The top of the Blue Diamond hill is in fact the most immediately scenic feature from these places. • There are plenty of remaining areas available for development in the Las Vegas valley. The Red Rock Canyon NRA is a unique resource to the people of Las Vegas and visitors from all over and it must be preserved References and Links: “Rhodes submits revised plan for developing Blue Diamond Hill,” By Scott Wyland, Las Vegas Review-Journal, July 7, 2011. http://www.lvrj.com/news/rhodes-submits-revised-plan-125130408.html “Jim Rhodes is Coming: his homes will rise in Red Rock, but how sprawling is the developer's secret plan?” by Jason Whited, Las Vegas City Life, February 24, 2011, http://www.lasvegascitylife.com/articles/2011/02/24/news/local_news/iq_42408246.txt The developer’s plan, ironically titled “Gypsum Reclamation Concept Plan”, Gypsum Resources, LLC, June 29, 2011, http://www.reviewjournal.com/media/download/rhodes_plan.pdf Website of the local action group: www.saveredrock.com Mountainproject.com thread about the issue: http://www.mountainproject.com/v/red-rock-threatened-by-development/107227001 SuperTopo.com thread: http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1565955/Red-Rocks-under-imminent-threat-of-development Edited August 2, 2011 by ericandlucie Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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