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Las Vegas housing encroaching on Nellis

It was just a matter of time when Nellis Air Force Base officials would start talking about the residential and commercial development creeping toward their runways in the northeast part of the valley. The time has come and they are rightfully concerned. The pressure is strongest from the south and is now growing in intensity from the north and northwest, too. At this pace it'll soon be coming from all directions.

The base has a sizable economic impact on the metropolitan area. According to the officials there, it's annually somewhere around $4.2 billion. Nellis buys a lot of supplies from local businesses, from construction materials and food to fuel and all sorts of parts. It puts up visiting service members in nearby hotels and motels, filling hundreds of rooms each year.

Besides that, about 313,000 retired military have chosen to live in Sin City, in part because of the base and the services it offers. That retiree payroll climbs to $520 million per year, while the active-duty payroll tops $850 million. The impact of the retirees on real estate alone is noteworthy. They need homes to live in, they need mortgages to acquire them and they need all the related services that go with these transactions.

There is fear that new homes being built near the base could eventually force its closure. Warplanes operating from there today carry live bombs and are now facing more and more restrictions in which direction to take off to. It would be unthinkable to have even one single accident. And then there is the noise. Rapidly advancing growth will ultimately force the hand of local and Air Force officials on this one.



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Esko Kiuru
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Comment balloon 2 commentsEsko Kiuru • October 30 2007 03:26PM


Look at this from another perspective ...   1) NAFB is the largest fighter weapons center in the world, taking into account the Nellis range, area 51, etc. 2) While your points are valid on encrochment issues being a problem, what other area could the USAF move to to replace Nellis? 3) Nellis has certain stratigic advantages of Nevada being 86% federally owned land, I don't think this is in the cards anytime soon. 4) There already have been bombs and fuel tanks dropped from planes leaving Nellis over the years. Fortunately, nothing major and nothing exploded. 5) This is an issue that base command deals with and will adjust to in the future. There will be more activity (planes, exercises, etc. shifted to the old Indian Springs base near the test site. 6) Harry Reid won't let this happen ... 7) The county has already placed a no-residential building zone around Nellis take off areas and planes take off more to the NE now vs the SW when I was there.   Nellis is a key asset to the LV area. The USAF just contracted over the past several years to totally rebuild the base housing areas (a process that is currently on-going). Essentially all of the older housing was torn down and replaced with more modern units (barracks as well single family for carrer military at and adjacent to the base).   I don't see this changing anytime soon ... too much at stake for both sides.


Posted by td almost 11 years ago

Thanks for commenting. Nellis being so important for many reasons presents a tough issue to handle in the future.

Posted by Esko Kiuru almost 11 years ago