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Is The Tusayan Town Council Standing Up To Stilo

March 10, 2013

By Mike Scerbo

Stilo has been out of compliance in its agreement with Tusayan since October and up until now the Town council has been content to let the Italian developer stall on promises to donate land for affordable housing, in addition to coming up with a water supply for its development. Stilo promised Tusayan 40 acres in exchange for rezoning that would add three million square feet of commercial space and thousands of new residents into the environmentally fragile area outside the Grand Canyon.

After weeks of denying there was a problem, Mayor Greg Bryan led the Town Council into executive session March 6th to discuss “legal advice concerning the Stilo development project and options for reverting zoning.”

The meeting was in closed session, which means council members can’t discuss what took place or what was said. And the council took no public action after the closed session.

The closed door session follows February’s meeting with Stilo representative Tom DePaolo (pictured here), in which DePaolo admitted there is no definite plan to bring water to the project and the process to access Forest Service roads is bogged down. The council was polite but did not offer DePaolo any firm promises to change the terms of the deal it reached with Stilo.