STATEMENTS FROM SENATE MAJORITY LEADER FORD AND SENATOR CANCELA REGARDING PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT IN RED ROCK CANYON

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February 21, 2017

 

STATEMENTS FROM SENATE MAJORITY LEADER FORD AND SENATOR CANCELA REGARDING PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT IN RED ROCK CANYON

 

CARSON CITY - Today, State Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford released the following statement regarding proposed development in Red Rock Canyon: 

 

"We are fortunate in Southern Nevada to have a world-renowned natural wonder like Red Rock Canyon so close to the Las Vegas Strip, with more than 2.5 million visitors to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area each year. The Outdoor Industry Association estimates that outdoor recreation is responsible for more than 148,000 direct jobs in Nevada and more than $1 billion in state and local tax revenue. Attracting new business and top talent to Nevada requires robust access to pristine recreation areas like Red Rock Canyon.

 

A proposal to build more than 5,000 homes in Red Rock Canyon would increase traffic and pollution around the Canyon and take away from the experience of both residents and tourists. I stand with the tens of thousands of Nevada residents who have signed a petition in opposition to the proposed development and in support of maintaining Red Rock's rural character."

 

Senator Yvanna Cancela, Chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement:

 

"The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is known as the 'crown jewel' of the BLM's conservation areas. Millions of residents and tourists each come to see our beauty in the desert, just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. There are few things more rewarding than the views from a hike in Red Rock, or a Sunday picnic with friends and family at Spring Mountain Ranch.

 

Obstructing those amazing views by building more than 5,000 homes in Red Rock Canyon is the wrong move. The Clark County Planning Commission courageously voted unanimously to recommend denial of the proposed development. The County Commission should show the same courage by standing against this unwise sprawl development proposal in Red Rock Canyon."

 

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