To the editor:
Four years ago, an effort by community leaders in Tusayan to incorporate the town gained momentum. These Tusayan residents hoped to make their own decisions on local housing and other important issues in the future. Stilo Development Group USA supported the incorporation effort, and residents overwhelmingly voted to become a town in 2010.
Since Tusayan's incorporation, three new housing projects have commenced, including Stilo's interim housing plan at Camper Village. Businesses such as IMAX and Pink Jeep Tours are investing and local government is building a successful track record with a fiscal surplus. When the government shutdown closed the Grand Canyon last year, Tusayan led the way in opening it back up.
The Tusayan Town Council recently approved an amendment to a development agreement with Stilo. As a result of that agreement, we delivered 40 acres of Stilo's private land to the town, including 20 acres now and 20 acres in irrevocable escrow for after road easements are approved by the Forest Service. Tusayan has committed to use the land for affordable housing for its residents.
That means today, Tusayan now owns 40 acres of private land for housing - forever.
The amendment also opens up limited commercial development options at Camper Village sooner than the original agreement called for, which allows opportunities for new kinds of quality jobs here in Tusayan.
While we are frustrated by how long it has taken to reach this milestone, this amendment was carefully fashioned so that future growth in Tusayan is thoughtful, sensitive and appropriate for the area.
It reflects the Town Council's concern for these matters, giving Tusayan the certainty it needs to build affordable housing for its residents, and offers Stilo the flexibility to ensure future development is sustainable, economically viable and protects the beauty of the region.
We will soon apply for easements from the Kaibab National Forest to our Kotzin and Ten-X Ranch properties to bring long-term housing and jobs to Tusayan. Tusayan will be a partner in this process and Stilo is committed to see it through. We know there will continue to be opposition to our project, but we hope to work with all interested parties to address concerns in a thoughtful and transparent way throughout the public scoping process.
With your help, we hope to continue to be a strong community partner with Tusayan as you build for the future.
Stilo Development Group USA