Sam Cohen, Tribal Administrator for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians represented the tribe and affirmed the tribe could not support the plan moving forward into the EIR stage and are specifically opposed to item number nine.
asserted that both the incorporated cities of Buellton and Solvang have urban development boundaries and spheres of influence that represent areas of future annexations.
"We cannot believe it's the policy of this Board to oppose all future annexations by Buellton and Solvang," he
stated and concluded the Board would have to adhere to zoning consistency by opposing all future annexations by Santa Barbara and Goleta as well.
Steve Pappas adds another distinguishable difference, "It is interesting to note that Sam Cohen
and Andy Caldwell fail to mention the fact that land that is annexed by a tribal entity via the Fee-to-Trust process becomes exempt from property tax and other taxes."
"That's a very big distinction and one that Mr. Cohen
and Mr. Caldwell conveniently don't address."