Smart growth challenges local governments

By Paul Snyder – The Daily Reporter

The possibility of a lawsuit against Clark County hangs over Steve Kunze’s head every time he grants a development permit.

But Kunze, the county’s administrator in the Department of Planning, Zoning, Surveying and Land Information, said he will not stop issuing permits or doing business the way he always has.

Clark County missed the state’s Jan. 1 deadline to have an approved smart growth, or comprehensive, plan. The plans use community-specific information to set a planning course in such areas as transportation, housing, land use and economic development.

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