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Aug 17, 2022

We plan to create to over 1,800 units of affordable and market rate housing on the site of the Desert Pines golf course (100 acres near Bonanza and Pecos roads.) The plan imagines a new mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood providing opportunities for existing East Las Vegas residents to stay, invest and build wealth in the neighborhood.

At the Aug. 17 City Council Meeting, an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement with McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.to determine the feasibility and development plan for the site was approved. The company will have 180  days to determine the feasibility and development plan which may include a mix of affordable and market rate apartments, single family homes, townhomes, age restricted housing plus open space, commercial development, community center and a workforce training center per the Desert Pines Vision Plan developed by The Smith Group.

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Our 2050 Master Plan identified needs for affordable housing and neighborhood services like development of a tree canopy, workforce development and improved streets.

The project is planned to include walking trails, a soccer field, a community center and a workforce development center. The centerpiece of this project will be the park and open space with expansion to our existing city trail system.

Learn and be a part of the change coming to the East Las Vegas area.

Sustainable design

The community is envisioned as a net-zero energy project, utilizing passive sustainable design strategies and renewable energy production to balance and offset carbon emissions. Native desert landscape and significant trees will be preserved and new resilient urban species will be added to reduce and mitigate the urban heat island.

Trees and tree canopies are markedly lacking in East Las Vegas, and as a result, the urban heat island effect tends to be greater in this location. Our goal is to increase our urban tree canopy to 20 percent by 2035, and plant 60,000 trees by the year 2050. The overall cooling effect of a single, mature tree is equivalent to 10 air conditioning units running for 20 hours a day. Trees also help air quality by drawing carbon monoxide from the atmosphere. A single mature tree can release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support two humans. And trees remove a long list of pollutants from our air. Finally, trees have a positive impact on health. Their shade reduces skin cancer and provides cover from solar radiation; they filter out polluted air.

Planned Water Use

Desert Pines Golf Course currently uses about 400-acre-feet of reclaimed water treated from our wastewater treatment plant. We intend to keep using that existing treated/reclaimed water. It is estimated that the water that would be used for the development would still be less than the golf course’s current use.

Mixed-use developments are typically more efficient in water consumption, and it is part of the overall strategy for the 2050 Master Plan to address water conservation needs. Based on Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) estimates, single homes typically use the most water of all use types. Vertical housing buildings up to about five to seven stories are typically the most efficient, using around 80 to 90 gallons per person, per day, which is a water conservation goal of the SNWA to help support growth while maintaining our water supply.

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Training Center

The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) is planning for a multi-phase East Training Center to anchor this new development and provide important workforce training for residents of the neighborhood and beyond. The East Training Center will consist of an approximately 25,000 square feet (first phase) with opportunities to expand along Pecos Road towards I-515 and a potential future interchange. Shared surface parking will serve both the new Training Center and Community Center with a soccer pitch. 

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