October 24, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada board has approved paying $920,000 in attorney fees to settle a decade-old lawsuit over development near Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area outside Las Vegas.
Gov. Brian Sandoval and Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, acting as the Board of Examiners, approved the payment Tuesday.
The suit involved a bill sponsored by then state Sen. Dina Titus and passed by the 2003 Legislature that curtailed development of 2,600 acres owned by Gypsum Resources. Company owner Jim Rhodes had wanted a zoning change to build up to allow up to 4,700 homes in the scenic area.
Clark County dropped the restrictions and in January the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that the law was unconstitutional.
Rhodes, the county and the Legislature now support pursuing a land swap with federal government