NV Supreme court overturns law targeting developer

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Updated: 1/31/2013 6:07 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled unconstitutional a state law passed a decade ago to prevent the construction of several thousand homes overlooking a desert wilderness area.

The court ruled Thursday in favor of developer Jim Rhodes, who wants to build on Blue Diamond Hill near the Red Rock National Conservation Area.

Rhodes has been fighting since 2003 to construct homes and shopping areas in an area zoned for rural use. Environmentalists and neighbors object.

The court ruled that lawmakers had violated the Nevada Constitution when they passed a law to prevent the development. The ruling says that the restrictions were unconstitutional because the Legislature is not allowed to pass local laws regulating county business.

 

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roseanya - 2/1/2013 7:33 AM
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Another example of the POOR SERVICE we're getting from the highly paid staff at LCB (Legislative Counsel Bureau). They get some of the highest salaries in the State to provide "guidance" on Bill Draft Requests--ensuring they are well written and Constitutional??????

sosumenow - 2/1/2013 12:30 AM
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The amazing Red Rock area is a reprieve from the artificiality and development of Vegas. There are not alot of really cool spaces close either and nothing in the world quite like it. It's not that big of an area even and doesn't need to be overrun with people walking their dogs (leaving poop) and riding bikes. Nothing is off limits to those with eyes for just money.
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