If you’re a local, you know Red Rock Canyon. Even if you never have visited the national conservation area, you recognize its unmistakable silhouette and hues visible from Interstate 95 and other parts of the Valley. Each year, 2 million people visit the area, where locals looking to escape their urban environments can immerse themselves in raw nature and desert ecology.
Since 2011, landowner and developer Gypsum Resources has intended to proceed with county-approved plans to build more than 5,000 homes at Blue Diamond Hill just outside the conservation area. Construction stalled due to the U.S. Bureau of Land Reclamation’s short-lived interest in acquiring Blue Diamond Hill. And in the process, the approved plan to develop the land could have expired as well. Now the county, Gypsum and Save Red Rock, a coalition that has opposed construction at Blue Diamond Hill, will haggle it out in court.
A recent lawsuit lists Gypsum and Save Red Rock as defendants, and asks a judge to clarify whether the county needs to reevaluate Gypsum’s development plans. Save Red Rock’s attorney Justin Jones told KNPR that the lawsuit is an attempt to silence the coalition.
It will be interesting to see how it all plays out. As of now, a County Commission meeting is set for February 7, according to Save Red Rock, but they say that date might change. In the meantime, visit saveredrock.com to find out how you can make your voice heard in deciding the future of one of Las Vegas’ favorite recreational spaces.