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Tensions over construction on Blue Diamond Hill have once again flared.
The hill overlooks Red Rock Canyon and is the proposed site of more than 5,000 homes.
On one side of the issue is Gypsum Resources, the land owner and hopeful developer. On the other is Save Red Rock, a conservation group that opposes the project.
This past week, Clark County sued both. The complaints are solely focused on Save Red Rock, but Gypsum Resources is named to bind it to the court's decision.
County spokesman Dan Kulin described the lawsuit as a legal filing to have the court clarify the county’s rights and responsibilities surrounding Blue Diamond Hill. He also said it’s an attempt to avoid future litigation.
Save Red Rock attorney Justin Jones told KNPR's State of Nevada the lawsuit is an attempt to silence his group.
"The lawsuit itself, despite what the county PR guys have said, seeks to bar Save Red Rock from raising concerns with [Jim] Rhodes' proposal before the county commission," Jones said.
Las Vegas developer Jim Rhodes bought the land in the early 2000s and is a manager of Gypsum Resources.
In 2011, Gypsum Resources introduced a concept plan to develop Blue Diamond Hill, and the county commission approved it with conditions. Those conditions included reducing the number of houses; removing commercial and industrial spaces; and building an access road that connects to State Route 160 to minmize traffic through Red Rock Canyon.
Justin Jones, attorney, Save Red Rock