Greetings Tusayan and Grand Canyon area residents,
Last week was a significant one as a major milestone for the town was passed. After over a year of work, meetings and drafts, the town received the deeds for its first 20 acres of land at Kotzin Ranch. No matter what happens moving forward we have land that will eventually be used for affordable housing. Deeds for the next 20 acres were also placed in escrow and a path for us to gain access to the lands has been reaffirmed.The town will begin the process of working with Stilo to make application for the Forest Service access and will work to expedite wherever possible. The amendment to the original agreement, the Pre-Annexation Development Agreement, makes the town the applicant with Stilo supplying the information and consultants. We are very happy to have reached this major point and want to thank everyone for their patience and support. We still have a ways to go and it will take a collective effort to attain our goals of placing housing on our land. We will need input and support from the community as we design the housing and work to meet the Forest Service requirements. This is a journey.
In other news the Planning and Zoning commission finished its review of the Tusayan 2024 General Plan and has passed it on to the town council for our review and action. We have started the process of setting a new public hearing on the General Plan for April 9. We encourage all of our residents and interested neighbors to review the General Plan on our town website www.tusayan-az.org and come to the public hearing and voice your thoughts.
We continue to work on upgrading our Internet access and are pleased to see GovNet back into the picture. They are working with Arizona Department of Transportation to place a new tower at the airport that will have some significant increases in broadband width coming into the community. We are working on ways that we can bring that broadband to individual properties for its businesses and residents. Not an easy process, but we are committed to finding a path.
The recent power outages and looming heavy fire season have encouraged us to look at more efficient ways of communicating to all of our businesses and residents when challenges occur. We will be looking at a telephone tree to communicate actions or status to our residents rather than everyone calling in and overloading the lines or bothering folks trying to get things fixed. We will keep you posted.
Our next town council meeting is tonight at 6 p.m. and we look forward to having you attend and be part of developing your town. Please note that our town council meetings in April have changed to the second and fourth Wednesdays that month.
Mayor, Town of Tusayan