A voter initiative that could move the Loop 202 freeway onto tribal land will go before the tribal council on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Once the initiative goes before the council it has 60 days to either accept it as is or put it to a vote.

On Feb. 12 the Legislative Standing Committee received a report concluding that the initiative, put forth by a group called GRIC Landowners, had received more than enough signatures to move forward. There were 759 signatures verified, which is 116 more than the amount required.

The new vote would allow the freeway to go on tribal land through a different path than what was voted on previously. The freeway would go across mostly allotted lands, which are owned by individuals and would save South Mountain.

The initiative has received criticism from some GRIC members who are fighting against the freeway being built at all. The Arizona Department of Transportation has not released a Draft Environmental Impact Study on the Pecos Road Alignment of the freeway. It is expected to be released later this year.

Briefs compiled by staff and wire reports

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