Wednesday, March 20, 2013
San Diego County OPPOSES San Pasqual Tribe's Application for Land into Trust
The County of San Diego has gone on record in opposition to the San Pasqual Tribe's application to the Bureau of Indian Affairs to put 29 acres into trust—i.e. to make the land part of the reservation.
The County learned of the application on Feb. 11. According to the application the tribe, which operates Valley View Casino, plans to build non-gaming buildings on the land, which was formerly a horse ranch off of Lake Wohlford Road. The buildings include administrative offices, a medical clinic, a recreation center and a fire station.
Currently the reservation consists of three large parcels that are not contiguous. The land that would be put into trust would also not be contiguous to the rest of the reservation.
The County opposes the change because the land use contemplated would be more intensive than was approved last year as part of the County General Plan. Also, the County calculates that it would permanently lose property tax revenue from the land, amounting to about $20,000 a year.
The County also objects to development of this type in a floodplain.
The Valley Center Planning Group last week first learned of the tribe's application. The group's chairman, Oliver Smith, told The Roadrunner, "The VCCPG has had no notice this was in process until I received the email from Dixie Switzer at the county latest Wednesday. The planning group Tribal Liaison Subcommittee is now looking at it. I anticipate a recommendation from them for the full group to vote on at our April 8th regular meeting."