As I write this, we are in the middle of the Major League Baseball playoff season, so it’s fitting to quote Yogi Berra: “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” Clark County adopted its first comprehensive land use plan in 1994 in response to the mandates of the 1990 Growth Management Act. This first plan, among other things, established urban growth areas, or UGAs, around each of the cities in Clark County totaling 41,229 acres. Since then, the County has updated its plan in 2004 and 2007, with the addition of 6,124 acres and 12,023 acres to the UGAs, respectively. These plans were not adopted without controversy. As to another recurring event, each time Clark County adopted a plan, various interest groups appealed it, primarily arguing, depending on one’s perspective, that the UGAs were not large enough, or that they were too large and encroached onto viable agricultural areas.

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