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Santa Barbara County Set To Look At Land Use Controversy Involving Chumash Tribe

Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 12:17am

Santa Barbara County officials this week are going to look at whether they will protest a federal decision to expand the Chumash tribe’s federally managed property holdings in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Last month, the Bureau of Indian Affairs issued a letter granting the Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians request for a 6.9 acre parcel of land to be taken into trust for them.

With the federal approval, the land is no longer subject to County jurisdiction for land use issues, and the county loses the property tax revenue for the site.

The property is on the north side of Highway 246, just across from the Chumash Casino.

The approval comes with a possible window for the County to appeal it. County Supervisors will consider the issue this week. Some Santa Ynez Valley residents oppose the expansion, because of concerns over the loss of local control of land use issues.

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