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Clark County

November 24, 2009

NO-GO FOR APARTMENT COMPLEX: Commissioners deny bid for rezoning land off of Old State Road 60

Neighbors cite traffic and ‘subsidized housing’ in fight against 58 units

Citing traffic concerns and worries over the type of neighbors the construction of proposed apartment complex would bring, the message to Clark County Commissioners from residents along Old State Road 60 was clear: “Not in our neighborhood.”

Heeding the residents’ concerns, the commissioners on Tuesday denied an effort, 2-0, to rezone a portion of property along Old State Road 60 from agricultural — A1— to multi-family residential — R3 — in order to construct the 58-unit apartment complex.

Commissioners Ed Meyer and Mike Moore voted against the zoning change, with Commissioner Les Young abstaining.

The commissioners received the rezoning request with a neutral recommendation from the Clark Clark County Planning, Zoning and Building Commission which heard the issue last Wednesday.

The property in question is 6.7 acres on which Herman & Kittle Properties would build and operate the two-story building, consisting of one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

A major cause for concern among many nearby residents was the likely increase in traffic an estimated 175 new residents would bring to the road.

“I don’t think we have enough space [and] I don’t think we can afford to rebuild that road,” said attorney Jack Vissing who was representing residents opposing the development.

“Just because other foolish zoning decisions have been made on county roads by putting higher density than there ought to be, its no reason to be stupid again.”

To dispel the notion traffic would be overwhelming, attorney Alan Applegate, representing Herman & Kittle, cited a letter from Michael Gillenwater, attorney for the West Clark County Schools Corporation.

County Commissioner’s attorney Greg Fifer recused himself from offering legal advice during this portion of the preceding because Applegate is a partner with Fifer in their law firm.

The site was formerly discussed as a possible location for a new school.

“It was deemed adequate in all respects including, but not limited to, traffic access via Old [State Route] 60,” Applegate said, reading Gillenwater’s letter.

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