5 takeaways from the water-rights ruling over a planned Sierra Vista development

Cascabel resident Anna Lands and her dog, Sally, hike through the San Pedro River. / Photo: Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star


By Tony Davis | Arizona Daily Star

Sierra Vista’s city government won’t wait for a decision on an appeal of last week’s state Supreme Court ruling clearing the way for a major housing development before it issues permits for it.

But for different reasons, Sierra Vista City Manager Chuck Potucek also doesn’t expect to be issuing permits soon for the 7,000-home Tribute project, planned for five miles west of the fragile San Pedro River.

Legal issues aside, the city’s economy is still sluggish, a decade after the Great Recession, and “the cars aren’t lined up and down Highway 90 to move in yet,” Potucek said Friday.


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