Las Vegas City Council met on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Below is a recap of agenda items of interest:
Agenda Items 13 & 67 — Short Term Rentals: According to the law, a business impact statement must be done when considering amendments to ordinances that affect businesses. This report was approved; it will allow the process to continue. The bill to limit short-term residential rentals was read into the record and referred to Recommending Committee for a separate hearing to receive public testimony before City Council takes action at a later meeting.
Agenda Item 40 — Ward 3 Speed Cushions: Our Transportation Engineering Division received a request to install speed cushions on Park Paseo, Sixth Street and Fifth Place. All three streets are emergency response routes. The Fire Department is opposed to speed humps; however, they are not opposed to speed cushions. Residents have reasonable concerns of an increase in cut-through traffic through the neighborhood due to the large commercial project under construction on the northeast corner of Park Paseo and Las Vegas Boulevard and the start of construction of the Las Vegas Boulevard Complete Streets Project in 2019. The neighborhood already experiences cut-through traffic from the businesses on the south side of Park Paseo which speed cushions may discourage. City Council approved so cushions will be installed on these streets.
Agenda Item 42 — Removal of On-Street Parking on Third Street from Charleston Boulevard to Garces Avenue: Our Public Works Department is approaching the final stages of design of the Third Street Phase 2 Project. This project will create a pedestrian focused corridor with extra wide, meandering tree-lined sidewalks on both sides ofThird Street from Charleston Boulevard to Garces Avenue. In addition, decorative crosswalks and upgraded street lights will be installed to enhance this roadway. City Council approved; the revised street section will eliminate sections of on-street parking; off- street public parking lots are planned in the downtown area and will either be constructed with this project or in future phases.
Agenda Item 43 — Ward 1 Speed Cushions: Our Transportation Engineering Division received a petition from residents requesting the installation of speed humps on Del Rey Avenue between Rainbow Boulevard and Tenaya Way. Del Rey is an emergency response route and the Fire Department is opposed to speed humps; however, they are not opposed to speed cushions. Data collected in a traffic study indicated there were 837 vehicles per day traveling the street; 800 vehicles per day are needed to meet the minimum criteria for speed humps or cushions. The 85th percentile speed was 44 mph, which is 19 mph over the posted speed of 25 mph. City Council approved so cushions will be installed on these streets.
Agenda Item 51 — Speed Limit on Gowan Road: The speed limit on Gowan Road between Buffalo Drive and Rancho Drive has remained at 25 MPH for continuity with Clark County’s 25 mph segments of this portion of Gowan. City staff recently conducted studies on Gowan using the Federal Highway Administration’s web-based tool and the results showed that 35 mph would be a more appropriate speed limit. Clark County concurs with raising the speed limit on their segments to 35 mph. City Council approved so the city sections will be raised too.
Agenda Item 57 — Retail Marijuana Stores: City Council approved a bill that limites the availability of business licenses for retail marijuana stores to those that will be operated in conjunction with a medical marijuana dispensary at the same location and with the same ownership. The bill was requested by the sponsor as a follow-up measure to a general marijuana update ordinance adopted in May of this year. This item came forward to the City Council as a Second Amendment, with a change in the bill’s title and summary. The summary has been changed to read: Amends LVMC 6.95.160 to describe the circumstances under which business licenses for retail marijuana stores may be issued as “standalone” licenses, rather than in connection with a medical marijuana dispensary.
Agenda Item 58 — Las Vegas Boulevard Signage: City Council approved this bill amendment that exempts signage within the Las Vegas Boulevard Scenic Byway Overlay District from the general limitations on animated signage that prohibit full motion video. This allows greater flexibility in meeting the signage requirements for the Overlay District.
Agenda Item 60 — Alcohol Beverages and Open Containers in DTLV: City Council approved this bill that amends various provisions of the Municipal Code to regulate the sale, display and consumption of alcoholic beverages, as well as the possession of open containers, within the Downtown Entertainment Overlay District(DEOD). For the most part, the amendments establish for the DEOD the same regulations that apply to the nearby pedestrian mall.