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Tusayan Rejects Ballot Measure To Allow Tall Buildings

Voters in a gateway community to Grand Canyon National Park have rejected a ballot measure that would have led to big changes in the tiny Tusayan.

Tusayan residents rejected a measure that would have allowed buildings up to 65 feet tall. An Italy-based company called 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. Stilo had plans for apartment buildings, retail shops and lodging at the site.

The Town Council unanimously approved the increased building height earlier this year, but that was challenged in a petition drive led by a town councilwoman. The town clerk and Coconino County officials initially rejected the petition over a signature a judge later deemed to be valid. Months later, the Town Council voted to settle the question through a ballot measure.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Stina Sieg was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2013 to 2018.