BENSON, ARIZONA — Things are stirring in Cochise County, as plans are being made and an upswing of Economic Development is on the horizon at the Villages at Vigneto moving forward with a reinstatement of the Clean Water Act.
The Southeast Arizona Economic Development Group (SAEDG) is requesting support for this project with a public petition to reinstate the Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 (33 U.S.C. § 1344) permit number 2003-00826-KAT (Villages at Vigneto). This Section 404, permit, was originally issued on June 21, 2006 by the Department of the Army, Los Angeles District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Regulatory Division.
Then on July 20, 2016 the Corps issued a “Notice of Permit Suspension” to consult with the US Fish and Wildlife Service pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). On October 6, 2017 the Corps publicly noticed their “Preliminary Review of Selected Factors” for 30 days for the public to respond and comment. Subsequently the Corps publicly noticed an extension of public comment period from November 4, 2017 to conclude on December 4, 2017.
The Villages of Vigneto will have a $24 billion positive economic impact and create 16,000 jobs in the region through build out. The development will sustain $1.2 billion in economic activity and 8,600 jobs every year thereafter. The development should be able to rely on the permit issued in 2006 for 20 years. The development; adheres to all regulatory requirements, meets water quality standards, does not impact any fish habitat, has initiated consultation for cultural resources, adequately mitigates impacted waters of the U.S., does not require an EIS, does not adversely affect any endangered species, and does not require a public hearing. The mitigation requirements originally issued for the project should not change.
ATTN: Kathleen Tucker: We the undersigned petitioners and residents of Benson, Cochise County, and Arizona support The Villages at Vigneto and petition to reinstate Clean Water Act, Section 404 (33 U.S.C. § 1344) permit number 2003-00826-KAT (Villages at Vigneto).
The Deadline is December 4th for comment.
If you have not done so already please send in your Letters of Support or sign the Petition before December 4th. It is important for us to show our support of this project as it will kick start positive economic growth in Cochise County and the surrounding areas. We are excited about what the future will bring in respect to the opportunities the Villages of Vigneto will bring.
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