Developer Dante Archangeli’s path to water sustainability has been paved with a few bumps.
He wants to install curb cuts in a new small, north side subdivision that he’s planning, to capture stormwater runoff from the street. He would make the five-home, Campus Farm project “water neutral,” taking in more rainwater than it uses in potable water, he said. He wants to irrigate landscaping on the project’s common area with some captured runoff, and let the rest seep underground.
But for months, his effort ran into resistance from city of Tucson staffers who said city policies don’t allow it, he said. Only after he asked a city councilman over the summer for help, and after Councilman Paul Cunningham rounded up several top city staffers for a recent meeting, did he get word from staff that the curb cut proposal won’t violate city rules, Archangeli said.