County Government Focusing on
Land Expansion, Development, Education
Published March 10, 2020
From a property development perspective, what are some of the projects and/or initiatives that Clark County residents and businesses should be excited about in the coming 12-18 months?
Clark County is in the midst of building a full-fledged economic development department that will strategically focus on programs that support development throughout unincorporated Clark County. We are considering a concierge-type service that will help developments of a certain size or location better navigate our permitting processes.
Unincorporated Clark County (in white).
We are working with NV Energy to help developers who may have an interest in undergrounding power lines near their projects. Also, we understand that existing small- and medium-sized businesses bring a lot to our community, so we are looking at ways we can support their growth by providing a skilled workforce.
"We are looking at opportunities to coordinate with BLM to release land around the valley for the sole purpose of building affordable housing."
What are some of the measures that the Clark County Commission is undertaking or considering as the population continues to grow and housing becomes more limited?
Clark County is looking at ways to incentivize attainable housing by maximizing both federal and local programs. There are federal tools specifically related to development or rehabilitation of attainable housing in opportunity zones that we can work with developers to leverage. Also, we are considering ways that we can eliminate and reduce development fees for projects where attainable housing is the primary component. We are looking at opportunities to coordinate with BLM to release land around the valley for the sole purpose of building affordable housing. In addition, we are looking at smaller infill parcels of land that may have been abandoned.
BLM map showing Federal land in yellow.
Are there plans underway or under consideration to encourage the evolution of the economic makeup of Southern Nevada?
Absolutely! Clark County recognizes the importance of diversifying our economy and this is why we want to invest in people. Recognizing that some of our future jobs will not require a 4-year college degree but a focus on stackable credentials, is the infrastructure that we need to have to ensure success. By working with diverse groups and agencies we can provide the necessary opportunities to local businesses and residents.
"Not getting our education system straightened out will be our biggest threat to the future growth and development of our community."
As the population increases and more people and businesses start to see the advantages of establishing themselves in Clark County, what are the biggest challenges that you see and what are some possible solutions that the Commission could consider to tackle them?
Not getting our education system straightened out will be our biggest threat to the future growth and development of our community. We must focus on proven programs around early childhood development and hold our school district accountable for better outcomes. The county is trying to do its part with services such as The Harbor and support for preschool and truancy programs, and my recent commitment to Thriving Communities.
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