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The work that provided the basis for this publication was supported by funding under an award with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public. The author and publisher are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this publication. Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of the Government.Our region competed nationally and was chosen to receive funding through the

Our region competed nationally and was chosen to receive funding through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities Initiative, an interagency partnership of HUD, Department of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This collaborative initiative works to integrate housing, land-use, economic and workforce development, transportation options, and infrastructure to support and empower local communities. Southern Nevada was afforded this opportunity as a region that not only demonstrated need but, moreover, the desire and ability to implement change.The City of Henderson led and managed this project on behalf of the Southern

The City of Henderson led and managed this project on behalf of the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition (SNRPC). The project team represented the interests of the entire region, and worked with representatives from local governments and agencies throughout the valley. The final Plan will be subject to adoption by the SNRPC and all member agencies in early 2015.The Consortium Committee advised the development of the Southern Nevada

The Consortium Committee advised the development of the Southern Nevada Strong Regional Plan and supporting activities. They are supported by six Task Groups focusing on particular areas (including housing, environment,
economic development and education, transportation, healthy communities, and public engagement and equity) and ensured public input was incorporated into the process.The project is leveraged by resources and in-kind matching funds from

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SNRPC BOARD

Councilman Bob Coffin
City of Las Vegas

Councilman Bob Beers
City of Las Vegas

Councilman Wade Wagner
City of North Las Vegas

Councilman Isaac Barron
City of North Las Vegas

Councilman Cam Walker
City of Boulder City

Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani
Clark County

Commissioner Steve Sisolak
Clark County

Trustee Linda Young
Clark County School District

Councilman Sam Bateman
City of Henderson

Councilwoman Gerri Schroder
City of Henderson

CONSORTIUM COMMITTEE

Debra March, Councilwoman

City of Henderson (Chair)

Orlando Sanchez, Deputy

City Manager City of Las Vegas (Vice Chair)

Asha Jones, Representative

Office of U.S. Senator Harry Reid

Carolyn Edwards, Member District F

Clark County School Board

Cass Palmer, President and CEO

United Way

David Fraser, City Manager

City of Boulder City

Dulcinea Rongavilla, Account Executive

Cragin & Pike

Eddie Escobedo, Jr., Publisher

El Mundo

Erin Breen, Program Director

Safe Community Partnership

Jacob Snow, City Manager

City of Henderson

Gregory Blackburn, Director of Community Development & Compliance

City of North Las Vegas

John Marz, Councilman

City of Henderson

Jonas Peterson, COO

LVGEA

Ken MacDonald, Board Member

Conservation District of Southern Nevada

Larry Brown, Commissioner

Clark County

Louise Helton, Vice President

1 Sun Solar Companies

David Saltman, President

The Vista Group

Pamela Goynes-Brown, Councilwoman

City of North Las Vegas

Peggy Leavitt, Councilwoman

City of Boulder City

Phil Speight, Deputy General Manager of Administration

SNWA and LVVWD

Ric Jimenez, Director of National Operation

Rouse Properties

Ricki Barlow, Councilman

City of Las Vegas

Dr. Robert Lang, Director

Brookings Mountain West

Sabra Smith Newby, Chief Administrative Officer

Clark County

Sam Cherry, Owner and CEO

Cherry Development

Shawn Gerstenberger, Dean

School of Community Health Sciences

Tina Quigley, General Manager

RTC

CONSORTIUM STAFF WORKING GROUP

Alexandra Nikolich

UNLV

Alyssa Averett

Project Team

Andrew Kjellman

RTC

Andrew Roether

Project Team

Andrew Powell

Project Team

Brittany Markarian

Project Team

Brok Armantrout

City of Boulder City

Courtney Coughenour

UNLV

Dan Kezar

Clark County

Daniel Fazekas

Project Team

Denise Tanata Ashby

Children’s Advocacy Alliance

Doug Rankin

City of Las Vegas

Fred Solis

City of Las Vegas

Jeff Jacquart

McCarran International Airport

Jenny Pharr

UNLV

Johanna Murphy

City of North Las Vegas

John Hill

SNRHA

Jon Wardlaw

Clark County

LaTrece Coleman-Stone

SNRHA

Linda Perri

CCSD

Lisa Corrado

Project Team

Marco Velotta

City of Las Vegas

Mindy Meacham

SNHD

Nicole Bungum

SNHD

Phyllis Hargrove

HUD

Sean Robertson

Project Team/City of Henderson

Shane Ammerman

Clark County

Shawn Gerstenberger

UNLV

Sheryl Parks

CDSN

Stephanie Garcia-Vause

Project Team/City of Henderson

Tom Piechota

UNLV

Tyler Garland

Project Team/City of Henderson

William Cadwallader

Nellis Air Force Base

SOUTHERN NEVADA STRONG TEAM

Stephanie Garcia-Vause
Project Director

Lisa Corrado
Project Manager

Sean Robertson
Principal Planner

Andrew Powell
Senior Planner

Andrew Roether
Planner

Daniel Fazekas
Planner

Shelly Labay
Planner

Brittany Markarian
Public Information Officer

Alyssa Averett
Administrative Assistant

CONSULTANT TEAM

Andres Ramirez

Ramirez Group

Bill Marion

Purdue Marion & Associates

Emily Picha

ECONorthwest

Jay Barret

JA Barrett Company

Jeremy Aguero

Applied Analysis

Joan Chaplick

MIG, Inc.

Lorelei Juntunen

ECONorthwest

Lynn Purdue

Purdue Marion & Associates

Miles Dickson

JABarrett Company

Shaundell Newsome

Sumnu Marketing

TASK GROUPS HOUSING

Housing Chair: Sam Cherry

Cherry Development

Staff Assignment: Shelly Labay
Planner

Dwayne R. Eshenbaugh (Vice Chair)
Architect

Eric Strain
Developer

Margarita Rebollal
Community Services of Nevada

Katherine Knister Zook

Silver State Fair Housing Council

Meg Delor

Habitat for Humanity, Southern Nevada Chapter

Janie Lopez

HUD Fair Housing and Equality Office – Las Vegas Branch

Todd Skadberg

Bank of George

David Paull

Nevada HAND

Kristin Cooper

Clark County

Adreane Freeman

NV Secretary of State

Ted Otokiti

SNVRHA

Anita Wood, Councilwoman Ward 3, Mayor Pro Tempore

City of North Las Vegas

Bridget Bliss

Residential Building Consultant

Lauren Boitel, Programs Director

HomeFree Nevada

Dr. Joe Pantuso

Southern Nevada Home Builders Association

Dan Kezar

Clark County (Staff Working Group)

Vicki Adams

North Las Vegas (Staff Working Group)

Lynn Purdue (Facilitator)

Purdue Marion & Associates

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT & EQUITY

Public Engagement & Equity Chair: Cass Palmer

United Way of Southern Nevada

Staff Assignment: Brittany Markarian

Southern Nevada Strong

Ed Guthrie (Vice Chair)
Opportunity Village

Rick Van Diepen
Green Chips

Kevin Hooks
Urban League

Michelle Booth
NV Energy

Rey Bouknight
MGM Resorts International

Tim Burch

Clark County Social Services

Dorian Martin
Junior League and Three Square Food Bank

Candice Nichols

Sam Palmer
Terracon

Fintan Gaffney
Terracon

Tina Prieto
Women’s Development Center

Teresa Torres
Women’s Development Center

Martyn James
RTC

Sue Christiansen
RTC

Linda D. Lesure
Las Vegas – Clark County Urban League

Lisa Corrado
Southern Nevada Strong

Angela Brommel
Nevada State College

Joan Chaplick (Facilitator)
MIG, Inc.

TRANSPORTATION

Transportation Chair: Erin Breen
Safe Communities Project, UNLV

Staff Assignment: Daniel Fazekas

Planner II

Kyle Kubovchik (Vice Chair)

PPBH

Blake Bradley

Clear Channel

Jim Briare

MGM Resorts International

Ingrid Reisman

Las Vegas Monorail

Adrian Matanza

LVCVA

Angela Brommel

Nevada State College

Laura Deitsch

Crescent Couseling

Rod Sherer

Smith’s

Sheri Moore

CCSD

David Swallow

RTC

Mauricia Baca

Outside Las Vegas Foundation

Perrin Palistrant

RTC

Mike Naft

Office of U.S. Representative Dina Titus

Kevin Smedley

Clark County (Staff Working Group)

Paul Doerr

Clark County (Staff Working Group)

Marco Velotta

City of Las Vegas (Staff Working Group)

Stacie Welsh (Facilitator)

City of Henderson

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & EDUCATION

Economic Development & Education Chair: Ric Jimenez

Rouse Properties

Staff Assignment: Lisa Corrado
Project Manager

Cornelius Eason (Vice Chair)

De2 Design

Nancy Brune

Guinn Center

Deb Berko

Southern NV Central Labor Council

Tracy Murphy

Clark County School District

Frank Woodbeck

Department of Employment Training & Rehabilitation

Dennis Perea

Department of Employment Training & Rehabilitation

Phoebe Judge

NV Clean Energy Project

Miles Dickson

JABarrett Company

Melody Kelly

Touro University

Nancy Hamilton

Wells Fargo

Dan Giraldo

Bank of America

Wilfred Marshall

Economic Development Administration

Kristi Overgaard

Switch

Michael Vannozzi

Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance

Phil Patent

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Joan Rutledge

College of Southern Nevada Workforce and Economic Development

Glenn Christenson

Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance

Dwight Brashear

Keolis Transit America

Ray Specht

Toyota Financial Savings Bank

Arnold Lopez

NV Energy

Jeff Jacquart

McCarran International Airport (Staff Working Group)

Garrett TerBerg

Clark County (Staff Working Group)

Kevin Smedley

Clark County (Staff Working Group)

Paul Doer

Clark County (Staff Working Group)

Lynn Purdue (Facilitator)

Purdue Marion & Associates

ENVIRONMENT

Environment Chair: >Dr. Robert Lang

Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West, UNLV

Staff Assignment: Andrew Roether
Planner

Craig Galati (Vice Chair)

LGA

Dr. Bob Boehm

Energy Research Center, UNLV

Tom Perrigo

City of Las Vegas

Polly Carolin

Rick Holmes

Southern Nevada Water Authority

Keiba Crear

Southern Nevada Water Authority

Henry Shields

MGM Resorts International

Brian Maddox

Clearinghouse CDFI

Kevin Eubanks

Clark County Flood Control District

Suzette Dacuag

American Lung Association of Nevada

Carol Hicks

Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority

Shane Ammerman

Clark County (Staff Working Group)

Garrett TerBerg

Clark County (Staff Working Group)

Daniel Sinagra

Clark County (Staff Working Group)

Marco Velotta

City of Las Vegas (Staff Working Group)

Bill Marion (Facilitator)

Purdue Marion & Associates

HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

Healthy Communities Chair: Shawn Gerstenberger

UNLV

Staff Assignment: Daniel Fazekas
Planner

Shelly Labay
Planner

Denise Tanata Ashby (Vice Chair)

Children’s Advocacy Alliance

Jodi Tyson

Dr. Marya Shegog

UNLV

Julie Cleaver

Howard Hughes Corporation

Holly Lyman

St. Rose Dominican Hospital

Nathaniel Centeno

Forest City Development

Dr. Jennifer Pharr

UNLV

Kathi Thomas-Gibson

City of North Las Vegas

Deborah Williams

Southern Nevada Health District

Dr. Courtney Coughenour

UNLV

Kenneth MacDonald

NewFields

Dr. Andrew Priest

Touro University

Fred Solis

City of Las Vegas (Staff Working Group)

Dan Kezar

Clark County (Staff Working Group)

Darci Mayer

Clark County (Staff Working Group)

Shane Ammerman

Clark County (Staff Working Group)

Jim Haye

City of North Las Vegas

Barbara Geach (Facilitator)

City of Henderson

Technical assistance provided by Deborah Reardon, National Park Service Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program.

Technical assistance provided by Deborah Reardon, National Park Service Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program.

table of contents

chapter one | PLAN SUMMARY

1.1 NEED FOR THE REGIONAL PLAN

1.2 A VISION FOR CHANGE: A PATH TO PROSPERITY

1.3 THE VISION ON THE GROUND

1.4 BENEFITS OF THE VISION

1.5 HOW DO WE GET THERE?

1.6 BUILDING CAPACITY FOR IMPLEMENTATION

chapter two | OUR VALLEY : KEY ISSUES FACING THE SOUTHERN NEVADA REGION

2.1 WHY WE LOVE SOUTHERN NEVADA

2.2 WHAT WE NEED TO OVERCOME

chapter three pt. 1 | OUR VISION # 1: IMPROVE ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS & EDUCATION

3.1 OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

chapter three pt. 2 | OUR VISION # 1: IMPROVE ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS & EDUCATION

3.2 GOALS AND POLICY STRATEGIES

chapter four pt. 1 | OUR VISION # 2 : INVEST IN COMPLETE COMMUNITIES

4.1 VISION FOR PREFERRED FUTURE LAND USE

4.2 CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

chapter four pt. 2 | OUR VISION # 2 : INVEST IN COMPLETE COMMUNITIES

4.3 GOALS AND POLICY STRATEGIES

chapter five | OUR VISION # 3 : INCREASE TRANSPORTATION CHOICE.

5.1 OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

5.2 GOALS AND POLICY STRATEGIES

chapter six | OUR FUTURE: BUILDING CAPACITY FOR IMPLEMENTATION

6.1 OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

6.2 GOALS AND POLICY STRATEGIES