Badlands golf course owners claim bias, prejudice in lawsuit against Las Vegas and councilmen

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The owners of the shuttered Badlands golf course in west Las Vegas filed a lawsuit in federal court this week against the city and two city councilmen.  The owners are arguing city officials violated their rights to build on the land.

Mark Hutchison said the City of Las Vegas and Councilmen Bob Coffin and Steve Seroka don’t treat his clients equally when it comes to building on the 250-acre property in Summerlin.

“At every turn, despite the fact that the planning commission and the city staff would recommend approval, the city council has voted against it,” Hutchison said.

That’s why the owners who closed on the land in late 2016 filed a complaint in federal court claiming bias and prejudice. 

According to Hutchinson, “This really is about government abuse.” 

The lawsuit cites Seroka who commented last year about the proposed development. 

“Over my dead body will I allow a project that will drive property values down 30 percent in just a year,” Seroka said during a public meeting. 

The lawsuit also refers to a comment Coffin made regarding, Yohan Lowie, the CEO of EHB Cos., who has proposed multiple developments on the land.

“You’ve got to stop treating these people like a bunch of unruly Palestinians getting thrown a concrete block, the settlement being thrown into their land, right there,” Coffin said at a public meeting in February 2017. 

Coffin’s remarks regard Lowie’s treatment of the people who oppose the development. The lawsuit said Coffin’s discrimination towards the developer is based on “Lowie’s Israeli ethnicity and Jewish faith.”

“He has clearly said that my client is wrong and has compared him in a very derogatory fashion,” Hutchison said.

However, neighbors who live in the Queensridge community right by the course disagree.  

“This is just an intimidation of the city,” said Frank Schreck, a longtime gaming lawyer who lives on the golf course. 

He argues this is a tactic by Lowie.

“His whole thing is bullying residents, and since he’s not making a lot of progress with us, he’s now bullying the city,” Schreck said.

Many neighbors oppose the proposed development of homes and condos on the land.  A court decision earlier this month regarding the property states modification of the master plan for the community is needed before residential development can come. 

Hutchison counters in the lawsuit that applications submitted are consistent with city zoning and that the land “abuts the common interest community commonly known as Queensridge.” 

The complaint adds the golf course is “not governed by the Master
Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions, and Easements of Queensridge.” 
 

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