|Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area offers excellent hiking, camping, rock climbing, and cycling opportunities amidst stunning scenery for visitors and residents of nearby Las Vegas.|
|Map: Save Red Rock Canyon Coalition|
Congress and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have already identified other parcels of public lands around the Las Vegas Valley for such disposal. The Southern Nevada Land Management Act of 1998 directed the BLM to sell public land within a specific boundary around Las Vegas for private development. The law was amended in 2002 to expand the boundary and add thousands of more acres of public lands to be eligible for future "disposal." With pressure by some political leaders to transfer millions of acres of public lands to the state for development, it's likely that we will see additional adjustments to the Las Vegas "disposal boundary" that could facilitate further urban sprawl.
So the proposed development at Blue Diamond Hill should not be viewed as an isolated proposal, but as part of a chain reaction that is already in motion. It is a high-density development at the edge of the Las Vegas Valley that will only serve as an anchor to encourage further sprawl. Stopping this chain reaction of sprawl will require smarter planning by our local governments and the rejection of this development by the Clark County Commissioners.