Pahrump is an unincorporated town located in the southern portion of Nye county near the California border. Only 63 miles from Las Vegas, Pahrump is a bedroom community of sorts with thousands of residents who commute to Las Vegas each day. The rate of population growth has been a staggering 300% over the last 10 years, according to US Census data. This growth and the possibility of a Nuclear Waste Repository at Yucca Mountain, located only 75 miles from Pahrump, are placing pressure on Nye County and the Town of Pahrump to provide adequate services as the community grows while protecting the health, safety and general welfare of residents.
Planning in the Pahrump Regional Planning District is only beginning to catch up with the population growth. With two zone categories, Highway Frontage and Open Use, regulating land use has become its priority. Incompatible land uses are common, resulting in a diminished sense of health, safety and welfare by the general public. Therefore, the Master Plan Updated provides goals, objectives and policies to give land use planning and recommendations for amending the existing zoning code. Also, this Master Plan establishes the framework for the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance, Zoning Ordinance, Streets and Highways Plan, and Staffing and Implementation Plan.
With a population topping 30,000 the Town of Pahrump continues to grow. Master-planned communities are increasing, the schools are ever more crowded and according to community input, the roads are in need of improvements including paving. Still at its core, Pahrump is a small town and is poised to make important decisions that analyze the past and move towards its future.
The Town of Pahrump operates with a Town Board and Town Manager overseeing functions including parks, recreation, fairgrounds, social services, fire, and emergency services. Nye County and its Board of County Commissioners oversee other aspects of the community including planning and zoning, the sheriff department, streets and highways, and building and development.
To review the Master Plan Update Background Document click here.