Photo by Erin O'Boyle

Downtown’s Master Plan Approved

The final draft of the 30-year Vision 2045 Downtown Master Plan was formally adopted on June 15. The blueprint was developed by city officials and design firm RTKL—with input from the community—over the past 18 months. The approval gets the ball rolling for an implementation plan that will be presented in front of City Council by the end of the year. Here’s a summary of what’s on the proposal.

According to the outline on the City of Las Vegas website, the plan focuses on nine areas of improvement: promoting gaming and tourism, more housing and community amenities, improved education, rebranding and marketing, transportation and mobility, creating standards of renewable energy, creating parks and green space, expanding retail and entertainment, and better social services.

The footprint expands 13.2 miles with a focus on the Downtown core and the surrounding districts: Cashman, Fremont East, Founders (the Huntridge area), The Arts District, Civic and Business, Symphony Park, the Historic Westside and the medical district.

The plan suggests 10 mixed-use, work/live/play hubs near transit systems to maximize space.

The plan also proposes transforming the roads into a layered street network with cycling, pedestrian, auto and transit grids. The new systems are estimated balance the modes of transportation to 25 percent transit, 20 percent pedestrian, 10 percent bike and 45 percent automobile.

Another major component is to implement more green space including drought-tolerant planting in open corridors and pathways, 24 acres (a 200 percent increase) of new parks, and 30 miles (a 700 percent increase) of new urban trails.

To attract new investments and encourage faster growth, six-implementation tools were developed such as providing financial incentives, investing in infrastructure and establishing a Business Improvement District to provide services and support for local developers.

The estimated socioeconomic benefits would result in 16,000 permanent jobs, 2,500 affordable housing units, a 200 percent population increase, 739,000 square feet of new retail and service space, and 960,000 new square feet of educational facilities.

For more information about the Vision 2045 Downtown Master Plan go to  LasVegasNevada.gov and search City By Design.  Photo by Erin O’Boyle.

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