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Coos Bay Council Votes to Oppose Local Tribes TCP Application
Coos Bay City Councilors have voted to oppose the Confederated Tribes of the Coos Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians application to create a Traditional Cultural Property. The TCP calls for the estuary and near-shore properties to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. The vote came at a special meeting of the council last night. The Tribe’s Attorney spoke in favor of the TCP and clarified some issues with what the application would and wouldn’t do if approved. About 10 property owners spoke against the 26-mile TCP citing the stifling of development and adding additional regulations on already-regulated areas. In opposing the application, the council stated its support for the concept of preserving cultural resources but were concerned that jurisdictions only had two months to ask questions and determine the ramifications. The vote comes on the heels of action in opposition from the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and City of North Bend. Additional public comments can be made in favor of or opposing the application at the State Historic Preservation Office. Those comments can be made online at the State Historic Preservation Office website.