- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 28, 2015

TUSAYAN, Ariz. (AP) - Forest officials are taking public comment on requests for easements that, if approved, would clear the way for a major development just outside the Grand Canyon.

The town of Tusayan (TOO’-say-ohn) filed the requests on behalf of a developer for land completely surrounded by the Kaibab (KY’-bab) National Forest. Approval is needed before Stilo Development Group USA could move forward with plans to build a dude ranch, high-end boutiques, five-star hotels and hundreds of homes near the Grand Canyon’s South Rim entrance.

Public meetings are scheduled in Williams, Tusayan and Flagstaff next month to provide information about the proposed roadway and utility easements. The public scoping period runs through June 2.

Forest officials say it will take at least a year to review any potential impacts to the environment.

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