The town of Tusayan applied for the road and utility easement in 2014 to make it possible for Stilo Development USA to build 2,100 houses, hotels, restaurants, a spa, and “an entertainment pavilion based on Native American themes” in an undeveloped part of town.It’s been a contentious project for years. Advocates say the development would be great for the local economy while opponents say it could wreak havoc on the local ecosystem, water resources, and important tribal lands. Many locals tribes, as well as the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have voiced concern about the development draining local aquifers, affecting wildlife, creating air pollution, and threatening lands considered sacred by the many local tribes. Now, after two years of deliberation about the easement, the USFS finally has come down on the side of the opponents.