Tusayan, near Grand Canyon, rejects bid for taller buildings

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Residents in a tiny town outside the Grand Canyon have rejected a building height increase.

Tuesday's all-mail in election asked voters in Tusayan whether they wanted 65-foot buildings.

Of the 131 people who cast ballots, 60 supported the measure, while 71 opposed it.

Stilo Development Group USA asked the Town Council for the change after the U.S. Forest Service blocked access to two of its properties in town. It teamed up with another landowner, Elling Halvorson, in pushing for the higher buildings to develop their property at the town's edge.

Opponents say it was the wrong kind of development for a town that relies on Grand Canyon tourism. They say Tusayan should support, not detract from the national park.

Developers hadn't specified a water source. No traffic studies were done.

© 2017 Associated Press


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