Wilton Rancheria sees setback on land agreement for casino project

Artist's rendering of the Wilton Rancheria's resort project in Elk Grove, Caifornia. Image by Wilton Rancheria

The Wilton Rancheria remains confident of its casino project even as a land deal fell through in California.

The tribe plans to build the $400 million casino on a 35.9-acre site in Elk Grove. But the city council on Wednesday repealed an agreement that would have allowed a third party to sell the land to the tribe.

The decision came in response to a petition circulated by casino opponents. Still, Chairman Raymond Hitchcock believes the city's move won't affect its land-into-trust application for the site.

"We have a record of decision," Hitchcock told the council when asked about the status of the application, The Elk Grove News reported.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs issued the record of decision on the last full day of the Obama administration. But an official notice has not yet appeared in the Federal Register, a step usually taken for similar casino land applications.

Read More on the Story:
Elk Grove council votes to repeal ordinance that set stage for Indian casino (The Sacramento Bee 2/8)
Elk Grove City Council Rescinds Development Agreement, Casino Prospects Remain Murky (The Elk Grove News 2/8)
Elk Grove City Council Votes to Repeal Casino Ordinance (FOX40 2/8)
Elk Grove City Council repeals its casino land-use decision (The Sacramento Business Journal 2/9)

Federal Register Notices:
Final Environmental Impact Statement and a Revised Draft Conformity Determination for the Proposed Wilton Rancheria Fee-to-Trust and Casino Project, Sacramento County, California (December 14, 2016)
Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Wilton Rancheria Fee-to-Trust and Casino Project, Sacramento County, California (December 29, 2015)
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Wilton Rancheria Fee-to-Trust and Casino Project, Sacramento County, California (December 4, 2013)

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