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Tribes Could Have More Say In Development


Last updated 8/27/2015 at 9:49am

With the implementation of a new law, that Governor Brown signed last September and went into effect last month, agencies now have to notify tribes about planning projects for review and comment. This will help prevent tribes from learning about projects too late in the process to have a voice about proposals that may have adverse effects on them. Before Assembly Bill 52, no statewide standard existed for when an agency had to tell tribes about a project they were planning. This is how San Diego County’s Pala Band of Mission Indians ended up with a proposed landfill on a sacred site. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in the Coachella Valley welcome the new law. Tom Davis, the tribe’s chief planning and development officer, said “Early tribal participation benefits an agency and a developer by engaging with tribes before extensive planning and design have been invested in a project.

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