Master-planned community Coyote Springs has been in the works since the late 90s. Let’s see what’s going on.
What is Coyote Springs?
Coyote Springs has the potential to be Nevada’s next master-planned masterpiece—if developers can get it off the ground.
Located about 60 miles north of Las Vegas, Coyote Springs is intended to be a built-from-scratch city. It spans 40,000 acres and plans include about 160,000 homes, a resort casino, shops, urgent care, and more commercial services. None of that has been built yet, though. Right now, it’s only the community’s infrastructure in place, as well as an expansive, working golf course popular with golfers from Nevada, Arizona, and the surrounding states. The rest of the project has been held up for over two decades.
The land for Coyote Springs was purchased in 1998, and Senator Harry Reid held an event for the project in 2006 to celebrate its development moving forward. Since then, it’s been battle after battle for investors, developers, and builders—but they’re not giving up yet.
What’s the hold-up?
Supersize real estate developments often face delays due to a variety of problems and Coyote Springs has been an exceptional example of that. Here are the main points of contention.
As Nevada’s drought continues, water is at the forefront of many Nevadan minds. Last year we experienced the most intense period of drought ever seen in our state, and 2022 hasn’t let up.
It’s no surprise then that water rights are one of the major issues facing Coyote Springs. The development has rights to more than 1.3 billion gallons of water annually from an underground aquifer, equal to 4,140 acre-feet. But because of the ongoing drought, those rights have come under legal fire several times—once in 2018 and again in 2020. Each time, Coyote Springs’ developers have fought back. Now the issue is headed to the Nevada Supreme Court, where litigation continues.
Financial issues and litigation
Coyote Springs has also faced financial hurdles, including investor conflicts, alleged embezzlement, and of course, the 2008 market crash. But as Southern Nevada’s housing market recovered, so did the Coyote Springs project—and after several legal battles, none of the participants in previous conflicts and alleged criminal activities hold any stake in the development. The company currently behind Coyote Springs is the Wingfield Nevada Group. Emilia Cargill—the chief operating officer and general counsel at Wingfield Nevada Group—recently told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “That’s a part of the past, and our goal is to step forward.”
What’s the latest word?
We’re not sure when they’ll break ground on Coyote Springs’ first house, but Clark County commissioners are scheduled to review a 575-home subdivision map for the community’s first residential village for renewal this month. In further optimistic news, Cargill recently said to Las Vegas Review-Journal, “We’re ready to build.”
Why would someone move to Coyote Springs?
Coyote Springs is off the beaten path, about an hour from Las Vegas proper, but project leaders don’t envision it as small or rural. Its plans include 160,000 homes and the commercial infrastructure to go with them, making it a master-planned, mid-sized city.
Because Coyote Springs is a master-planned community, you can expect next-level organization. That means working infrastructure, handy access to amenities like restaurants and shopping, and everything else you need within easy reach.
Right now, plans include homes with larger lots than buyers can find in Las Vegas. Whether you want space for two-legged or four-legged household members, an expansive Coyote Springs lot will do the trick. Envisioning a home with a pool or a backyard oasis? This is the perfect place to create one. What about a garden or a shop for your hobbies? Yep, you can do that too.
Beyond your home, Coyote Springs is nestled into nature. The Desert National Wildlife Refuge is the largest U.S. wildlife refuge outside of Alaska, and it lies just past your yard. The surrounding mountains are great for climbing, hiking, and offroading, and at night, you’ll enjoy a breathtaking and unobstructed view of the stars.
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