A commentary of mine from Inside Tucson Business:
By Hugh Holub,
Inside Tucson Business |
A common strategy by opponents of anything new – especially in Pima County – is called “delay as a form of denial.”
The scheme involves gumming up the decision-making process with demands for additional studies, appeals to governmental entities, lawsuits and whatever other tactic that can put off a final decision.
By stalling long enough, the backers of the project will either go bankrupt from the costs of trying to meet the demands, the market for the project evaporates or the applicant just goes away, tired of putting up a fight.
Meanwhile, the public never gets an opportunity to offer their opinions on a project.
An example of “delay as a form of denial” is the fight over the proposed Rosemont Copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains.
And some additional comments about economic development in the region: