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Coconino County Board Of Supervisors Rejects Zoning Request For A New Resort Property At Two Guns

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors unanimously rejected a zone change at Two Guns for a planned resort development. The board conducted a public hearing Wednesday on the change from general zoning to resort commercial with the approval of a master development plan on just over 246 acres at the Two Guns interchange on Interstate-40, about 28 miles east of Flagstaff. The development is called “Historic Two Guns.” and the project would have had 774 lodging units, which includes RV sites, wagons, cabins, yurts, big timber tents, tree houses, equestrian camping sites and a cliffside hotel. It also included water parks, miniature golf course, drive-in theater, a helicopter pad for emergencies and more. The developer did have teepees and hogans in the original plan, but they agreed to remove any Native American features at the property. Supervisor Patrice Hortsman says it wasn’t enough and didn’t hold back in her thoughts about the plan. Says said “The Board back in December made it clear what the expectations were here at the county that the developer did not drop the offending or insensitive use of indigenous culture until about two days ago.” She adds, “the plan still does carry on the Western myth with all of the stereotypes and prejudices that are associated with that. My concerns are whether the developer really understands what the concerns are of the county.” The meeting lasted for about four hours and the board took public comment. Comments were all against the development.