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11/20/2012 10:33:00 AM
Stilo asks ACC for year extension on development water source
Land developer says environmental review process with Forest Service takes first priority over naming water source
Construction takes place at Camper Villiage. Stilo expects residents to inhabit interim housing by Thanksgiving. Clara Beard/WGCN


Construction takes place at Camper Villiage. Stilo expects residents to inhabit interim housing by Thanksgiving. Clara Beard/WGCN

Clara Beard
Williams-Grand Canyon News Reporter


TUSAYAN, Ariz. - Italian land developer Stilo Group USA recently asked the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) for an extension on naming a water source for their large-scale development in Tusayan. The Tusayan Town Council approved the agreement last November.

The developer owns 375 acres in and around Tusayan, including Kotzin Ranch on the northwest end of town, Ten-X Ranch, located just outside the town's border and Camper Village, which is partially owned by the group. Stilo plans to develop the land for housing as well as multi-use facilities, including a dude ranch, hotels and cultural center.

The Tusayan Town Council approved the development despite concerns from the Sierra Club, local business owners, the Havasupai Tribe and Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga about environmental impacts and water sources, an element which is already scarce at the Grand Canyon.

Within 30 days of signing, Stilo Group applied for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CC&N) for Ten X and Kotzin. The CC&N requires the developer to name an adequate water supply prior to the approval of any site plans.

Stilo has since asked the ACC for a year extension.

"We've asked for a year-long extension for a couple reasons," Stilo representative Andy Jacobs said. "Namely being that we are about to start the environmental review process with the Kaibab National Forest. One thing in our initial conversations with the Forest Service has been that they want us to come in with a pretty complete plan on what we are trying to do on a variety of different fronts, including a traffic study, a ecological study and then also water."

Jacobs said it will take a year or two to work through the environmental review, which they must complete before pursuing a CC&N with the ACC.

"If we want to serve our properties in Tusayan, we have to do that through the corporation commission, but at the same time we also need permission to build roads and water to our properties and that permission comes from the Forest Service," Jacobs said, adding Stilo is confident the commission will grant them their extension.

Jacobs said the initial deadline was part of the development agreement. Tusayan asked Stilo to begin the process immediately.

"We always knew water was going to be a very expensive part of this process, but I will say that the process with the Forest Service is probably the more important of the two at this point," Jacobs said. "In order to get the access to our two end holdings in the Kaibab National Forest, we need to know exactly what they need from us. We are starting that process now and that's the route where a lot of these answers will start to be filled in, especially on water."

At press time, the Sierra Club was unavailable for comment.






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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: To Eric

Actually Eric the question might be better directed to Sandy Angat

Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2012
Article comment by: Eric Sorensen

Just ask Bob ha ha

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Keith Wilmot

Where can we find out who took campaign contributions from Stilo?

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Article comment by: Bob Blasi

Keith, Your obsessed. I had no idea you had that much faith in me. I apologize for letting you down. I'll try and do better.

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: Local Resident

Stillo is not being honest about the water issue and the Town Council is calling itself into disrepute by not holding Stillo to the commitments they made in their zoning request. Its sad as I hoped there would be a chance for us to have housing options

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: Keith Wilmot

Only a quitter would talk like that!

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012
Article comment by: Bob Blasi

Keith , you taking shots from your armchair is calling the stripe up your back yellow.

Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Article comment by: Keith Wilmot

Bob saying that Stilo doesn't control the council is really the pot calling the kettle black. No wonder he quit

Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Article comment by: Bob Blasi

As a matter of fact, I don't believe Stilo ever had any influence with this council. But you can bet someone does. We all have to serve somebody. Souls are sold to the company store.

Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: Keith Wilmot

Oh that's right since you quit Bob

Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012
Article comment by: Bob Blasi

Keith, look a little closer. It's no longer the Stilo Council.

Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2012
Article comment by: Keith Wilmot

The voters of Tusayan only have to look in the mirror to see how this happened. They voted for the Stilo council and this is the result. Elections count.

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Article comment by: Local Resident

Perhaps Stillo should update the sign in the picture to "Postoning Keeping Promises"

Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Article comment by: hook--line & sinker


What a bunch of gullable people. Let me get this straight.

Canyon Forest Village was defeated, so STILO then proceeded to buy off the locals with promises of owning their own houses. They formed this so called "city council" so they can rubber stamp what ever the Italians want. They do not have any water, and never had. They are going to need the forest service to give them the ok to tear things up for roads and "water"(which they don't have).

Wow. Some would think that some places and things just aren't meant to be developed. But not the "stilo city council".


Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Smith

It seems increasingly obvious that Stilo is dragging their feet on publically saying where they are going to get the water to support their development. Given this it is unlikely that construction of low cost units on the towns so-called 40 acres" will happen for a number of years if ever.



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