JUNE 30, 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:
I’m writing as a citizen of Windsor, California to urge that you reject proposed H.R. 2538. because it was hastily crafted and rushed before you without significant input from a local community deeply concerned about this legislation. Our concerns include:
> Closed door negotiations used to bargain away local community rights
> Bait-and-switch tactics: proposal starting at 50 acres for homes became 500+ acres for community center, winery & resort.
> Unnecessary and arbitrary land use policy – this is not a sacred or ancestral site & the Lyttons have other legal options build community housing.
> Degrades voter-approved rural character of our local area…the reason we all moved here
> Have you heard about our local drought?
At the very least, I urge you to postpone your consideration of this proposal until the Town of Windsor has conducted a promised election on the deal codified by H.R. 2538.
For decades the development proposed by this legislation has been prohibited by our voter-approved growth plan. Unless there is some urgency that overrides due process in this matter, please let our local citizens have a chance to discuss this issue and hold a vote before you act.
Bryan St. Amant
9940 Starr Road #130
Windsor, CA 95492