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Family building home denied access to sewer line 15 feet from lot

Posted at 5:40 PM, Jul 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 21:04:10-04

One couple's plan to build their dream home is becoming a nightmare! 

What's to blame? A sewer line!

Prospective homeowner J.P. Kemp says he hopes officials will change the rules so they can create a life they've worked so hard for.

J.P. Kemp and his wife Heather own a large lot of land on county property, but the nearest sewer line is owned by the City of Las Vegas.

As builders began finalizing the logistics for the soon-to-be-built home, they were stunned to learn they would not have access to the sewer line.

It's all thanks to a City ordinance that says only properties within the city's service areas can use the sewer systems. 

The Kemps say it’s not fair to them or all of the other families who want to build homes on the large lots in the area.

Before they family reached out 13 Action News for help, J.P. contacted the city attorney and a few city councilman, asking if there’s any chance the ordinance can be amended.

"It's very frustrating not to be able to get any progress made,” J.P. told 13 Action News. "We're told that the City and County are fighting amongst themselves on this inter-local agreement that would fix the problem, but they're not getting anywhere on it. That’s been very frustrating. We're sitting in limbo."

When we went to city officials for answers, they referred us to the ordinance itself.

It implies that this is a cost-effective rule that supports the economic success of Las Vegas. J.P’s wife Heather is staying optimistic that the outcome of this debate will be favorable.

"This is our dream home,” she said. “We are going to hold out hope that we can build it."

Councilman Steve Ross has agreed to meet with the Kemps, privately, hoping to negotiate a special use agreement.