Sunday June 28, 2015
The Honorable Don Young
House of Representatives
Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs
1337 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
RE: Testimony for the Record Legislative Hearing on H.R. 2538 June 17, 2015
Dear Chairman Young, Ranking Member Ruiz, and Members of the Subcommittee:
We am writing to express our opposition to the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians’ attempt to make 500 acres on the edge of Windsor, California into a sovereign nation. If this project is approved, it will allow the Lytton Indians to cut down 1500 blue oak trees, build over 300 homes as well as a 200 room hotel and 200,000 case a year winery on 500 acres between Starr Road and Eastside Road.
We believe this project will have a major negative impact on our community. We are especially concerned because we believe a decision to move forward on this project has not been given proper notice and has not been appropriately vetted in our community. We think it is only fair that sufficient time, opportunity, and notice be given to hear from those of us who oppose this potentially disastrous development. Given the major undesirable and destructive impact this project will have on our community, we urgently and respectfully appeal that our voices be heard.
The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians has no historic connection to this parcel of land. While we welcome them to our area, they should not be given special treatment. They should be required to abide by the same land use and zoning laws that apply to everyone else. These laws were put into place to protect our community. A “regular” developer would never be allowed to ram a project of this size through the approval process without significant community hearings and potentially major modifications. You know that.
Make no mistake: A project of this size, scope, and magnitude will have a major devastating impact on Windsor. We chose to buy a home in the area because we love the rural nature of our community and the “small town” feeling. We believe this project has the very clear and likely potential to destroy this ambiance. It will also have an obviously detrimental effect on 1500 heritage oak trees that generations have deliberately made conspicuous efforts to preserve. The “give-backs” the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians propose to compensate for this development, its massive housing project, commercial winery, and environmental destruction, will never compensate our community or make whole our environment. Please do not be deceived by their empty promises.
The citizens of our community that are in opposition to this project have not been consulted. We have not had sufficient opportunity to weigh in on this very important issue. Please allow our voices to be heard before a decision is made that will have disastrous and irrevocable consequences.
John and Cecily Reeves
123 Johnson Street
Windsor, California 95492