Henderson moving to annex slice of south Las Vegas Strip
HENDERSON (AP) – The city of Henderson is moving to acquire a Las Vegas Strip address.
After more than a year of negotiations with Clark County and the federal Bureau of Land Management, Nevada’s second-largest city took a step Tuesday toward annexing almost 5.4 square miles of unincorporated land, including a three-quarter mile piece of south Las Vegas Boulevard.
The Henderson City Council held a public hearing on the plan to add to the city some 3,455 acres now controlled by the federal government south of Saint Rose Parkway and east of Interstate 15. The area is more than 8 miles south of McCarran International Airport.
The annexation could gain final City Council approval Nov. 6. It would mark the largest expansion of the 70-square-mile city since 2000, when it added 5,473 acres to its southwestern edge. Henderson had a population of about 175,000 at the time. It now has about 250,000 residents.
Juan Palma, a federal Bureau of Land Management field manager, said Henderson agreed not to annex federal land that hasn’t been identified for auction, and not to seek land within 800 feet of the existing I-15 right of way.
Clark County wants to preserve that north-south swath of land as a transportation and utility corridor between Las Vegas and the site of a proposed Ivanpah regional airport south of Sloan.
Commissioner Bruce Woodbury called the annexation a reasonable compromise with county officials who didn’t want to cede a valuable slice of Las Vegas Boulevard.
“There were probably some commissioners who viewed this as more of a fight than I did,” Woodbury said, “but I think the county’s interests were protected in the end.”
The annexation includes 700 acres wedged between the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area and Inspirada, a master-planned community being developed on 1,950 acres that sold for $557 million at a federal auction in May 2004.
If approved, it will be the second annexation this year for Henderson. In January, the city annexed 1,362 acres, or about 2.1 square miles, around the Basic Management complex northeast of Boulder Highway and Lake Mead Parkway.