TCDC certifies Steamboat Land Use Plan during special meeting

STEAMBOAT--The Transportation and Community Development Committee certified the community-based land use plan for Steamboat Chapter by a vote of 7 in favor and none opposed during a special meeting held at the Steamboat Chapter house on July 26.

Council delegates Larry Noble and Sampson Begay sponsored Legislation No. 0372-05 to certify the land use plan for Steamboat Chapter. David Rico (Pueblo Pintado/Torreon/Whitehorse Lake) made the motion to consider the legislation and Edward Jim (Grey Hills/Sheepsprings/Newcomb) made the second.

Steamboat is one of only five Chapters from the throughout the Navajo Nation that has been governance-certified, which occurred on May 30, 2003.

The Steamboat community-based land use planning committee includes President Andrew Simpson, Vice President Teddy H. Begay, Secretary Frances Cayatineto, Wallace Tsosie and Lee Bitsui. The consultant that the Chapter used is Jones and Stokes.

Bitsui shared information on the current status of the Chapter, while Simpson presented the plans that the community set forth through the land use plan.

Simpson said that the community wants to focus on economic development, saying that the Chapter would work closely with permit holders to open up opportunities for economic development in the area. The CLUP committee also developed recommendations on implementing the plan, including the adoption of site design regulations and implantation of its full authority pursuant to the Local Governance Act.

Also in attendance at the certification were Miss Navajo Jannalee Atcitty, staff from the Speaker's office and staff from the Office of the President.

The Committee will be considering certification of community-based land use plans for Indian Wells Chapter on August 2 and for San Juan and Huerfano Chapters on August 5.

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