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Las Vegas Ballpark seeks special use permit for lots around stadium, residents worry about noise

Summerlin residents warned about special use permit for Las Vegas Ballpark
Posted at 5:28 PM, Jul 31, 2019

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas Ballpark in Summerlin is surrounded by vacant lots, but the ballpark's owners may be trying to change that.

The Howard Hughes Corporation has applied for a special use permit for the 116.8 acres surrounding Las Vegas Ballpark.

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If it's approved, it would technically allow the corporation to host more than a dozen live entertainment events a year on the vacant lots. Each one would be able to last longer than 10 days and make noise into the night.

But, a spokesperson for the Howard Hughes Corporation says that’s not the goal.

Tom Warden, the Senior Vice President of Community and Government Relations with the Howard Hughes Corporation, sent 13 Action News a statement saying, "This item going before the Planning Commission is meant to address only the issue of fireworks displays following 5 or 6 Aviator games per year. We are working with County Planning staff to clarify the issue."

Some neighbors say they're in favor of more events, no matter how loud they are or how long they last.

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"The community needs something like this," said George Peck, a retired Navy veteran living near the ballpark.

"They need more like this, things that these kids especially could do because that’s what keeps the kids out of trouble. Giving them something to do is awesome. I’m all for it."

Other neighbors have noticed pieces of paper posted on their mailboxes warning them that this land could become ground zero for festivals and concerts that make noise well into the night and they're worried the area can't handle it.

"To have something that close to us, I hate to be the guy who says I love it but not in my own backyard, but honestly that’s how I feel," said Joseph Vidaurri, an accounting manager at UFC.

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Vidaurri says he loves having Las Vegas Ballpark and Downtown Summerlin so close, but he worries what a dozen concerts and festivals would do to his clean, quiet community.

"We like this area because it’s very quiet. Summerlin is a very nice community. I would hope the commissioners are thinking about the neighbors who are very close to the location, thinking about the noise levels, the traffic, the crime that might be brought in and environmental impact," said Vidaurri.

Some neighbors say they're planning to speak out against the special use permit at the planning commission's next public hearing.

If you'd like to voice your opinion, that meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 6, starting at 7 p.m. at the Clark County Government Center at 500 South Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, NV.