A Look at the Las Vegas 2050 Master Plan
By Melissa Eure, President and Director of Planning, GC Garcia Inc.
Why a master plan? City officials use master plans to ensure the needs of the community within city limits are met. The Las Vegas 2050 Master Plan addresses a wide range of topics, including civic space, the drought, public safety, homelessness, education, and general growth and development.
The implementation of the 2050 Master Plan brings opportunity and advancement for construction and development, as it encompasses urban and suburban development, including conservation, historic preservation, housing, land use, public facilities and services, recreation and open space, safety, and transportation. According to the City of Las Vegas website, the goals addressed in the plan are as follows:
- Land Use: Development around where people live, work, and play, while ensuring preservation
- Open Space: Parks, recreation, and open spaces
- Transportation & Infrastructure: How people and goods are moved from point A to Point B
- Economy & Education: Ensuring we have a competitive economy that is diverse and makes use of new technologies.
- Services & Facilities: The city services that support the people of Las Vegas.
3,000 parcels across the city underwent land use changes (see here) and 16 community planning areas were established (similar to what Downtown Las Vegas represents). Zone changes began in 2021 with the Form Base Code for the Downtown area under proposed Title 19.07 Transit Oriented Zoning, which will enable and permit comprehensively planned developments to provide high quality mixed-use developments adjacent to existing or planned high capacity transit lines. Rezoning will help accomplish several aspects of the master plan including the development of compact and mixed-use neighborhoods; spur new infill and redevelopment areas; address affordable housing issues; improve transit options for residents; and create better access to employment, amenities, education and recreation for all residents.
The 2050 Master Plan was not devised in a bubble. Using a comprehensive online survey, outreach events, neighborhood meetings and youth outreach, city officials relied on input from residents and stakeholders to determine the plan’s direction and goals. Participants were asked a series of questions spanning a number community-related topics, including perceptions about cost, safety, amenities, public services, facilities, transportation and more.
For more information or to download the complete Las Vegas 2050 Master Plan, visit www.lasvegasnevada.gov/Business/Planning-Zoning/Master-Plan/About-Master-Plan.