Federal Legislation to Override Local Property Rights Opposed by Community and Business Leaders
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Land Affirmation Act of 2017 to be Voted on Without a Hearing
(Santa Ynez, Calif.) – The Santa Ynez Valley Coalition today reiterated its opposition to the “Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Land Affirmation Act of 2017.” (H.R. 1491), controversial legislation that the House of Representatives will be voting on today. This measure is strongly opposed by the Santa Ynez Valley Coalition because of its far-reaching and negative consequences that would impact not only the Santa Ynez Valley, but communities throughout the country.
If enacted, H.R. 1491 would ratify the illegal last-minute action by the previous administration to approve the 138-person Santa Ynez Chumash Tribe’s application for the Camp 4 fee to trust land acquisition. If approved this would give the tribe a blank slate to ultimately develop the land however they wish, including massive commercial development or entertainment complex.
Congress is poised to act on this legislation, notwithstanding the fact that the federal government’s decision to approve this trust land acquisition is under legal challenge in in federal court.
In addition, the legislation would override all local zoning and land use controls and permit the Tribe to redevelop over time this largely agricultural area in the bucolic Santa Ynez Valley (where there are no chain stores or commercial franchises by design) into whatever commercial use the Tribe desires.