Local News

Preserving Tusayan

April 2, 2013

 “Environmentally responsible”,” sustainable”, “ecologically sustainable”; those are some of the words and phrases used to describe Tusayan as residents gathered to brainstorm a general plan. 35 people attended the March 25th meeting to have their say in Tusayan’s future. Residents, business owners and representatives from the Parks Service, The Forest Service, The Fire District, and the Sanitation District all attended. 

The participants also expressed an interest in maintaining Tusayan’s  ‘small town feel’ through more walkways, more community events, responsible development, and no big box stores.

It was also suggested that Tusayan could better maintain its identityby  touting its history, marketing itself as the gateway to Northern Arizona, establishing ‘green values’, and honoring its Native American influences.

The general plan will take months to develop. A series of stakeholders and experts will also weigh in. By law all Arizona cities and towns have to have a general plan.

While there was considerable discussion on preserving Tusayan’s quality of life there was no discussion of potential developments that could threaten that quality.