Group gathering signatures to prevent development in Red Rock area

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The organization fighting to preserve and protect the land surrounding Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area said about 1,000 people attended its event on Saturday.

Save Red Rock is a citizen’s organization trying to gather thousands of signatures for a petition to prevent plans for a high-density development in the area. 

“We want to capture 50,000 signatures on our Keep Red Rock Rural petition before the Clark County Commissioners vote on the issue,” said Heather Fisher, SRR president and co-owner of Las Vegas Cyclery.

Gypsum Resources, LLC proposed a 2,010.6-acre development to be built on Blue Diamond Hill, located directly south of the RRCNCA Visitor’s Center and overlooking the 13-mile campground and Southwest Ridge Recreation Area.

Gypsum purchased the rural land in 2002 is once again seeking approval to have the land rezoned for high-density development.

“Gypsum Resources, LLC has conducted over 8 years of continuous and comprehensive community outreach, site analysis, planning, design, and programming with the goal of defining the envisioned future for this property and its ultimate reclamation,” said Ron Krater a spokesperson for Gypsum Resources.

Save Red Rock believes the high-density development will not only increase traffic but decrease safety of outdoor enthusiasts, bring light and air pollution to the area, increase water costs for all Las Vegas Valley residents and forever destroy Red Rock’s landscape, impacting the natural experience for the locals and tourists that visit RRCNCA each year.

“Our goal is to bring the community together celebrate Red Rock and raise awareness of Save Red Rock’s mission of preserving and protecting land surrounding RRNCA,” said Fisher.

Gypsum Resources, LLC says the development will not harm the area.

“Our team continues to believe that this project proposal will be of great benefit to Clark County and Southern Nevada, as it will create a unique living environment that balances the natural environment with the built,” said Krater.

SRR’s petition has over 23,000 signatures from people around the world.

The public is invited to show support of SRR by signing the petition at www.saveredrock.com.

Clark County Commissioners are expected to take up the issue at their meeting Dec. 7.

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