Should the Urban Growth Boundary be Extended If It Means No Casino?

Plans for land southeast of Petaluma has prompted talks of extending the urban growth boundary in exchange of promise from Dry Creek Rancheria Pomo Indians to not build a casino there


Urban growth boundaries restrict development, encourage eco-friendly in-fill projects and reduce suburban sprawl.

Petaluma implemented such a boundary in 1998 and recently extended it until 2025.

But plans of a future casino off Kastania Road have some wondering whether it would be better to extend the boundary (and put in city sewer and water services on the parcel) in exchange for a guarantee that the tribe that owns the land won’t turn it into a casino, the Argus Courier is reporting.

The public would likely be opposed to a casino on Petaluma southereastern edge, just off Highway 101.

But the city would have virtually no say in the project, since the land is owned by the Dry Creek Rancheria Pomo Band of Indians. However, the tribe's chairman, Harvey Hopkins, has said the group is also interested in a building something different, including recreational fields, housing for tribal elders and commercial and industrial properties.

In exchange, the tribe wants water and sewer services to be extended to the property, located east of Highway 101.

But because the parcel lies outside of Petaluma's urban growth boundary, any extension would have to be approved by voters, according to the Argus.

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Then tell us, do support extending the city’s Urban Growth Boundary if it means not having a casino built on Petaluma’s south edge? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Concerned Citizen December 31, 2012 at 08:40 PM
So Brad, is the fact you were tired an excuse for using Vulgarities too? Don't you wonder why your Vulgarities were removed, but nothing I said was? Brad, I didn't attack you, I attacked your biased "opinions" regarding the Casino. You're in Construction Business, so I see why you'd want all the building to go in everywhere. Anyone like yourself who has a potential Financially Vested interest in the Casino (and/or other buildings being proposed), should be not be so overt in their support as it doesn't pass the Smell Test. In addition, there are other Patch member's using the moniker "Concerned Citizen". And by looking at your posting history, I see you were personally attacked by another "Concerned Citizen" on a police story patch ran. Putting your name out there doesn't make your Opinion's better Brad, but it does reflect on you and your business.
Bradford A Morris December 31, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Still not putting your name out there you have a lot to loose don't you your scared I see not man enough to give your name. As far as what I do for a living. My work is very high end and you need me I do not need you LOL Ok no name sorry your afraid to put your name out there. Guess people already know the kind of person you are and you know once they see it is you. You will be the laughing stock in Petaluma again.
Concerned Citizen December 31, 2012 at 09:19 PM
I don't put my "name" out there, because of people exactly like you who become obsessed when they are confronted with opposing views. And if your work is anything like your sentence structure in the above post, fraught with Run-on sentences, missing punctuation, and poorly contrived thoughts , I feel sorry for your clients. Morris Construction will never step foot in any of the properties I own and operate in Petaluma.
David Keller January 03, 2013 at 07:45 AM
Hmmmm. 2nd thought: could the Tribe create a desal plant onsite to use Petaluma River's brackish water? It's only the cost and availability of electricity, impacts to fish and invertabrates, and the disposal of the leftover brine that might hinder their quest for a casino. Hey, what's Las Vegas money worth, anyway?
T.Sprocket January 04, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Patch.. is the question you pose actually a serious one?


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