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Save Red Rock


From the President,

The Southern Nevada Climbers Coalition wants to make sure everyone is aware that property overlooking Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is trying to be re-zoned for high-density development. This is would cause a host of problems for Red Rock Canyon and the climbers who recreate there, ranging from traffic and air pollution to degrading the overall experience of climbing in Red Rock Canyon. The development could allow for up to 5,000 new homes.

We’ve attached the press release from Save Red Rock that highlights the issue.

There are several key things you can do.

  1. Sign the petition, by going to
  2. Email Commissioner Sue Brager and tell her how you feel about possible high-density development.
  3. Attend the Clark County Planning Commission meeting Tuesday, Oct 18th at 7 PM at the County building at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway
  4. The public can also attend the final vote by Clark County Commissioners on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 9 a.m., also at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway.

With your help, we can work to preserve the experience at Red Rock Canyon.


Adam Floyd


The Following is a Press Release from the organization Save Red Rock. 


Save Red Rock Rallies Residents and Visitors Opposed to High-Density

Development in Red Rock Canyon

Save Red Rock urges the public to attend public meetings to voice concerns and join

thousands of residents and guest in opposition to rezoning rural land by signing its petition

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 4, 2016) – Save Red Rock (SRR), a citizen’s organization working to preserve and protect

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (RRCNCA) is rallying in opposition to developer Jim

Rhodes’ Gypsum Resources, LLC (Gypsum) proposed 2010.6-acre high-density development near the Red

Rock Canyon Visitor’s Center. Gypsum is asking Clark County Commissioners to rezone the land from rural

to high-density. The proposed development includes 5,000 homes making it equal in size to the third largest

city in Southern Nevada. It would increase pollution and traffic to the Red Rock Canyon area, as well as

raise the cost of water for all Las Vegas Valley residents.

The public is invited to express concern at the Clark County Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday,

Oct.18 at 7 p.m. at the County Building, located at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. The public can also attend

the final vote by Clark County Commissioners on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 9 a.m., also at 500 S. Grand Central


Those in opposition to the proposed rezoning can email Commissioner Susan Brager and sign Save Red

Rock’s petition by visiting

At a planning commission hearing on September 20, Clark County Commissioners agreed to issue a 30-day

extension for more public outreach because of a lack of public notification and public meetings on the issue.

The land known as Blue Diamond Hill is located on the top of the mountain directly south of the Red Rock

Visitor’s Center, across SR159 Scenic Byway and borders RRCNCA, 13 Mile Campground, and Southwest

Ridge Recreation Area. Having purchased the land in 2002, in 2011 Gypsum sought approval for highdensity

zoning from the County Commissioners. The plan was put on hold, and the developer tried unsuccessfully

to swap land with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Despite letters, petitions


Save Red Rock Rallies in Opposition of Proposed High-Density Development

and documents supporting the transfer by all levels of government, the offer was denied. As a result, the developer

is seeking to have the land rezoned for high-density development.

“Gypsum has the right to build a rural development, which means one house per two acres. Save Red Rock

is not fighting the landowner’s property rights. The controversy is rezoning to high-density, which would

change the character of the canyon. Gypsum Resources is asking the county to approve a major project with

5,040 units,” explains Heather Fisher, SRR president. “This means a master-planned development bringing

an estimated 14,500 residents, more than Boulder City, making it Southern Nevada’s third largest community.

This is not a judgment on the developer’s plan but rather the location, which is not appropriate or sustainable

for the fragile desert ecosystem and peaceful recreational nature of Red Rock Canyon. The impact of

this project is far-reaching.”

Fisher and her husband own Las Vegas Cyclery and Escape Adventures. Her group says the impact of this

development extends to all Vegas Valley residents, by increasing pollution, driving up the cost of water and

posing a threat to one of most majestic features of Las Vegas and its draw for tourism. It has characteristics

similar to other abandoned master-planned projects, such as the failed Coyote Springs development, 55 miles

northeast of Las Vegas.

The Gypsum project proposes a road engineered to accommodate over 44,000 car trips per day from the development

to Blue Diamond Highway (SR160). There are no plans, however, to improve traffic access to the

215 Beltway via Blue Diamond Highway, Fort Apache Road, Durango and Buffalo Drives, and Rainbow

Boulevard, with the heaviest impact affecting the Mountain’s Edge community and Pahrump commuters.

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 or connect with Save Red Rock on Facebook, Instagram and


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Save Red Rock Media Contacts

Gina Traficant,, o. 702.898.2547 c. 818.398.1744

Stephanie Forte,, c. 702.596.9866 o. 702.898.2547

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