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County voters to decide<br>if CFV is just too much

When the Coconino County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved rezoning last month for the proposed Canyon Forest Village development at Tusayan, a political action committee called “It’s Just Too Much!” surfaced in an effort to get the issue on the November ballot.

In three weeks, the organization collected more than 7,000 signatures. Now, the CFV issue will go before the public for a vote, and they will decide for themselves if the development south of Grand Canyon is just too much.

Rick Lopez, Flagstaff city councilman who also serves as the committee’s chairman, turned in the signatures Friday afternoon at the Coconino County Courthouse in Flagstaff.

“We’re looking forward to publicly debating this issue during the upcoming campaign,” Lopez said. “We’re confident that voters in November will agree with us that this proposal is inappropriate for the Grand Canyon area and would be detrimental to northern Arizona as a whole. Frankly, it’s just too much.”

In response, a group supporting CFV said it believes county voters will approve the project.

“Canyon Forest Village will be a national benchmark for environmental sustainability and stewardship,” said Karen English, co-chair of the Coalition for the Canyon’s Future, a grassroots organization formed to support the proposal. “We believe it will set new standards for construction, energy conservation, recycling and sustainability throughout the region.”

Both sides have indicated they believe the voters will go their way. Various polls have been conducted in the past year which resulted in conflicting information.

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