Tucson to consider easing water limits for developers; builders unsatisfied

By Tony Davis | Arizona Daily Star

The Tucson City Council will consider today whether to allow water to be extended to the suburbs for new developments that bring good-paying jobs.

tucson waterIt’s one of several changes recommended by a city advisory committee to a policy that, since 2010, has limited where Tucson Water will extend pipelines outside of city limits, to discourage the proliferation of unincorporated suburbs.

Developers say the proposed changes still aren’t “jobs-friendly” – while conservationists say the proposals will ensure the city has a secure water future in coming decades.

David Godlewski, co-chair of the business-backed Tucson Regional Water Coalition, said the changes would keep out some businesses “who could provide good, high-paying jobs and still not meet these arbitrary criteria for getting water service.”


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