Community Development Digest

Land Use

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L.A. Land Use Panel’s Review of Shared Housing Draws Fire

Hotel workers, short-term rental hosts and others lined up by the hundreds around noon June 13, at least two hours prior to a meeting of the Los Angeles City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee, filling the hallways of the municipal building as well as the lawn outsi...

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Interior Makes $40 Million in Land Buy-Back Purchase Offers

The Department of Interior has sent $40 million in purchase offers to nearly 6,000 landowners with fractional interests at the Crow Creek Indian Reservation in South Dakota as part of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. Landowners have 45 days -- until Dec. 29 -- to consider and return accepted offers in the pre-paid postage envelopes provided.

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Environmental Activist Group Questions Land Transfer to Tribes

The activist group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility is questioning some of the details of a plan it says is being floated in Congress on behalf of a number of local tribes concerning the management of the National Bison Range.

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Major Agreements Carve Out Path for Dam Removal

The Department of the Interior, Department of Commerce, PacificCorp, and the states of Oregon and California have signed an agreement that, following a process administered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), is expected to remove four dams on the Klamath River by 2020, amounting to one of the largest river restoration efforts in the nation.

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Land Buy-Back Program Makes Another $4 Million+ in Offers

More than $4 million in purchase offers have been sent this week to nearly 900 landowners with fractional interests at the Lummi Indian Reservation in Washington state as part of the Land Buy Back Program for Tribal Nations Interested sellers have until Dec. 31 to return accepted offers in the pre-paid postage envelopes they were provided.

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Guide Identifies Tribal, Public Land Agreements

The Forest Service has released a new online interactive mapping tool that shows how lands managed by the agency connect or overlap with current tribal trust lands and lands tribes exchanged with the federal government prior to 1900.

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Feds Pass $500 Million Mark in Land Buy-Back Program

In a major milestone for the Department of the Interior’s Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program), agency officials this past week announced that over $500 million has been paid to more than 24,000 individual landowners to restore the equivalent of nearly 850,000 acres of land to tribal governments.

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Feds Enter Land Buy-Back Agreement with Osage Nation

The Department of Interior has signed a cooperative agreement with the Osage Nation to implement the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. The pogram facilitates the purchase of individual interests in fractionated trust lands and consolidates ownership for the tribe with jurisdiction.

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Nearly $150 Million Spent in Buy-Back Program’s Latest Round

Officials at the Department of Interior this week revealed that almost $150 million in purchase offers have been sent to more than 6,500 landowners with fractional interests at the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

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Interior Strikes Deal with Navajo Nation on Land Buy-Back

The agreement outlines the strategy and resources to be provided to the tribe’s leadership to facilitate education about the Buy-Back Program and reach out to owners with fractionated interests in reservation land that can be consolidated for the benefit of the tribal community.

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