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CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -- A housing developer is asking the town of Florence to relinquish its right to provide water and sewer service in the southern, unserved part of the community and give that right to him.

George Johnson says he would then be able to develop Florence Ranch. That's a planned community of 6,000 homes, a dude ranch and destination boutique spa on more than 1,100 acres.

The Casa Grande Dispatch says Johnson already provides water and sewer service in the northwest Florence Anthem area.

The town is the provider in the older part of Florence.

Deputy Town Manager Jess Knudson told the Florence City Council that if they handed over the water rights, they would have given up their power to negotiate how the land is developed.

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Information from: Casa Grande Dispatch.

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