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Task force wrestles with Las Vegas growth

Urban infill, water conservation, mass transit top the agenda

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A task force in the Las Vegas area is studying ways to manage the monumental growth in the region. Las Vegas has been one of the hottest housing markets in the country, with explosive price appreciation and rapid build-out in and around the city. As the metropolitan area expands rapidly, residents and community leaders are wrestling with the impact of this population gain. The 17-member Clark County Community Growth Task Force, formed in February, held a workshop this week to discuss the social impacts of growth. A week earlier, the task force met to discuss the process for planning parks, fire stations and other public facilities. "Our community has done a lot of things right when it comes to planning for growth, but there are challenges, especially when it comes to setting funding priorities for local government," County Commissioner Bruce Woodbury said in a task force announcement. "This is an important area of concentration because task force members need to know how we current...