(link) On March 4, the U.S. Forest Service rejected a proposal by the Stilo Development Group to build a road and other infrastructure through Kaibab National Forest. This road would have been the first step toward building more than 2,100 housing units and 3 million square feet of commercial space in the tiny town of Tusayan, right on the doorstep of the Grand Canyon’s South Rim.

The Grand Canyon

The multinational company Gruppo Stilo has owned the land slated for development since 1990, but in the past was unsuccessful in convincing the voters of Coconino County to approve their plans. That all changed when the tiny gateway town of Tusayan (fewer than 600 residents) incorporated and annexed this land (with alleged significant “contributions” in cash and kind from Gruppo Stilo). In 2014, Tusayan approved zoning for Stilo to allow 2,176 residential units and 3 million square feet of retail space (equal to the size of 10 big box stores). According to news reports, the plan included a spa, convention center, dude ranch, and potentially even a water park.

All of the water for the development would come from the same aquifer that feeds the Grand Canyon. Gruppo Stilo claimed to be willing to “truck in water) but there were loopholes that would allow the development to drill wells.

Because of the Chinese Plague, Gruppo Stilo and their hirelings had hoped to slip the development through but it didn’t work (again).

Gruppo Stilo will not stop working to develop the Grand Canyon irrespective of available water resources. The salvos will keep coming until somebody caves.

22 COMMENTS

  1. The LAST thing needed in that area is 2,000+ “Luxury Homes”, along with all the infrastructure required to support them.

    Most people just see the 2,000+ homes, the roads, and the stores. I see the sewer lines, the treatment plants, the potable water treatment plants, the power lines, and all the trash that “modern, progressive people” drop everywhere because they’re too damn lazy to properly dispose of it.

    Oh……forgot the smog caused by all the additional cars and trucks needed to support this cash-cow of somebody’s………

    • DRJIM, there is a huge influx of people moving to states like Arizona. Idaho is on many people’s radar screen for the same reason. In the case of Arizona, there is not a LOT of patent/deeded land available because of the national forest/park/BLM footprint. The area where the White Wolf Mine is located was in private hands when the Coconino National Forest was created in 1908, which is why I can build a house in a spot 100% surrounded by national forest.

      The luxury homes, malls, trash, traffic and BS do not belong anywhere near the Grand Canyon. But having said that, if I had money, I’d be developing land (what land is available) in Arizona. I know of police officers who live near (near being within an hour’s drive) who commute to Southern California for work. (they work 12 hour shifts, 3 days a week and spend 4 days in AZ). The BS in urban hells will continue to create expansion in places like Arizona. I don’t know that it’s good for Arizona, but it’s going to happen.

        • It’s not up to me, or we’d erect a big, beautiful wall, and we’d check your papers before we issued a tourist visa.

          Jim, the forest where I live (the general area, not right where I live) is INUNDATED with tourist visitors and campers. Particularly on the weekends. It’s not a joke. But in my heart, how can I deny people who live in hot deserts from coming here where it’s cool and lovely? That doesn’t extend to liberals from California. They can stay in the Golden State.

  2. Locusts…Invade a rural area because of how it looks and feels. Invite ten thousand urbanite’s to the promised land. Demand every infrastructure comfort and regulation from whence they left. Leave a wake of wreckage and ruin never to be undone.

    • Yeah, I’ve seen it happen back in Illinois where wonderful farms with large groves of never-harvested trees are turned into “developments” by greedy developers who chimp out on the basic infrastructure, making it even worse.

      One very depressing thing I see here are the new developments that look like they were transplanted from Kommiefornia……a 4000sqft McMansion on a 6000sqft lot, only done to squeeze a few more houses into the land the developer bought…..

      I’m glad we bought in an older area with large lots, and established trees.

    • Or complain about the neighboring farms and ranches they thought were so quaint and rustic after they move in and the wind blows from the wrong direction, stubble is burnt, harvesting throws up big clouds of dust. And the noise of heavy equipment! Not to mention that ranchers and sheepherders don’t like dogs running loose and tearing into their calves or lambs, so they quite legally shoot them. One I know would hang the bodies over his gate. Oh, the howls from the Californians who insist that their lovely dog is not a predator and would do no such thing just for the thrill of it!

  3. Developing the Grand Canyon? Well, people can’t stay in Dem run sh*tholes so they’ll have to create new ones.

    Please don’t send them to Texas. We already have Austin.

  4. Perhaps Arizona can adopt the Colorado model. Let the outsiders in then tax and regulate them into bankruptcy. that has been a fixture for 100+ years.

    Another approach is to dis-incorporate Tusayan. The State probably has the power. The real key is to deny the developers any water. As per Colorado, whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting.

    • I don’t know what the Coconino County (larger land area than Delaware and Rhode Island) will do or what the State of Arizona will do. Maybe leave them alone for now? Maybe not.

  5. Tusayan & the NF around it is one of my favorite places, it would be sad times to see that turned into a city. I spent over 20 years in the Coast Guard moving around the country every few years and everywhere I went the trees came down & houses went up, the cane fields were replaced with houses, the over grown fields were cleaned up and filled with houses. Houses everywhere.
    But it is sad to see it coming to Tusayan.

    • Rob, it’s not there – yet – but – yes, I’ve seen the same sort of thing elsewhere too. You’d think that the national trust would protect the place, and it’s hanging on by the skin of its teeth right now. The only way to protect the place is to put the word out that it’s in danger of being destroyed.

  6. Don’t worry LL, there’s an excellent chance that American civilization, or at least the economy, will collapse before the tide of development reaches there.

    -Kle.

    • During the height of the Chinese Plague we laughed about zombies being the next thing to hit, and we were right.

  7. I didn’t know that there was an aquifer up there that would support anything close to that kind of infrastructure. Had folks in Williams just down the road and around that area and it was all hauled water…hell, even the town water system dried up and they couldn’t drill deep enough to find water…they ran a pipe from Flagstaff for a while.

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