Based on feedback we’ve heard from the Las Vegas City Council and Planning Commission, the City of Las Vegas 2050 Master Plan is utilizing the following draft vision statement, guided by principles that will help us measure success, weigh recommendations, foster community-driven implementation and improve quality of life for all residents:
The City of Las Vegas will be a leader in resilient, healthy cities, leveraging the pioneering innovative spirit of its residents to provide equitable access to services, education and jobs in the new economy.
The key issues based on the results of our survey, feedback from public outreach events and June 2019 Town Hall meetings have been included in our draft goal statements to be addressed in the master plan
An effective master plan must have a foundation of needs identified by its community. From March to July of 2019, the Planning Department has conducted over 50 outreach events and received thousands of comments and from across the City. This community input addresses a wide range of topics, including civic space, the drought, public safety, homelessness, education, and general growth and development.
Cities in Nevada are required to develop a master plan to guide future decisions about their physical development. Master plans identify current issues and needs in the community, and set forth goals, policies and actions to address issues. They also contain specific functional areas that address many different and complex aspects of urban and suburban development, including conservation, historic preservation, housing, land use, public facilities and services, recreation and open space, safety and transportation.
The city’s current 2020 Master Plan, adopted in 2000 and updated periodically over the following decade, sought to address the challenges of rapid growth and transformation during the 2000s and 2010s. Since many of the goals and policies from that plan were achieved, it is now time to plan how our community will look in the future. The master plan team is made up of the city of Las Vegas, and the Smith Group and includes an executive steering committee and a citizens advisory committee.
When we imagine our city in the future, we see a city of clean air and water for all. A city that provides access to education, healthcare, resources and jobs no matter where in the city we happen to live—all while acknowledging that each ward has its own distinctive character.
We partnered with the Department of Youth Development and Social Innovation (YDSI) to hear from young people across the city. See what they love about their communities and suggest for future improvement.
To ensure a quality of life well into the future, we need to be bold to address acute shocks and chronic stresses unique to our growing community, including mental and physical health, homelessness, changing weather patterns, rising temperatures and water scarcity.
We see opportunities to make more communities more walkable and responsive through mixed use developments together with ample parks, open spaces and recreational opportunities.
For all the change the future will bring, we want to maintain strong ties to qualities of the city that make it distinctive and meaningful and prepare to meet emerging market demands.
Smart technologies have the opportunity to improve quality of life and provide innovative solutions for multiple generations to drive new economic development and emerging markets. There is a need for more flexible regulations around place types across the city. We need to address sprawl, to promote land uses that support different transportation types, and to strengthen connections new areas and markets.
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