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Developer Can Apply to Build Housing Near Red Rock

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LAS VEGAS --The Clark County Commission has voted to allow developer Jim Rhodes to move ahead with his application to develop 2,400 acres he owns near Red Rock Canyon. The commission vote was four to three.

All sides debated over what part could be developed and how many houses could be built on every acre. The area of land is off State Route 159 southeast of Red Rock Canyon near the community of Blue Diamond on abandoned gypsum mines.

With this compromise, Rhodes now has the ability to apply to change the density designations for the land he owns. Right now, the law allows for one house on every two acres. Rhodes wants to change that, allowing for more homes in the area.

Rhodes has not said exactly what he wants to use the land for, whether it would be for houses, shops, schools, parks or other uses.

"If we're successful and the settlement is approved, then the developer gives things up like where access comes from -- no permanent access from State Route 159. You won't really see it from the Red Rock corridor. He agrees to exchange or sell property inside the conservation area back to the public," said Terry Murphy with Rhodes.

Rhodes has owned the land for a long time and five years ago applied to the county to develop that land, but was denied. Courts later ruled his rights were violated, leading to this hearing.

"We're saying now, take a moment. Do this the right way and with respect to the conservation area it's right up against," said Erin Neff with Progress Now Nevada.

Rhodes still has to go through several development processes and public forums to get feedback from residents before any designs are drawn.

Congresswoman Dina Titus has been against developing the land since she was a state senator and she testified against it.

As part of the deal, Rhodes gave land he owned inside the conservation area back to the county.

Commissioners Steve Sisolak, Tom Collins, Larry Brown and Susan Brager voted for the plan. Commissioners Lawrence Weekly, Chris Giunchigliani and Rory Reid voted against it.

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