UNLV must focus on the future if it is to help the region grow and diversify. The status of the state and national economy in 2010 makes it difficult to understand why and how NSHE and UNLV intend to develop this new large campus.
The reality is that important steps have been taken to allocate this valuable land for the future development of higher education. The campus will be developed when economic conditions permit. The following timeline provides some insight into current and future plans.
- NSHE will request capital construction funding per state legislative schedule for 2011 and future sessions.
- Environmental cleanup completed and receives NDEP certification.
- NSHE accepts land after receiving No Further Action Required notification from NDEP. (late 2013/early 2014)
- UNLV initial infrastructure and first building design completed.
- Anticipated completion of first UNLV North Campus building if state capital funds are authorized in 2011 and/or 2013 state legislative sessions.
- Master planning, infrastructure planning and the first UNLV building design commence if state capital funds are authorized.
- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with oversight by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP), begins environmental remediation of the 2,000-acre campus portion of the former small arms range.
- Southern Nevada Higher Education Land Act of 2009 was introduced by the Nevada congressional delegation lead by Sen. Harry Reid. (S940 and HR2210). The legislation is currently active in both houses of Congress with hopes for passage in 2010.
- UNLV/NSHE completed intergovernmental agreements with City of North Las Vegas and United States Air Force.
- UNLV continues to plan for development infrastructure and the first building for state capital funding submission.
- UNLV/NSHE requested state capital funding for first building planning during 2009 Legislature with help from City of North Las Vegas. Poor economic conditions prevented State funding.
- UNLV begins the search for public-private partnerships for development of the new campus.