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UPDATE: Proposed Spokane Tribe Casino In Airway Heights Causing Controversy

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From Citizens Against Casino Expansion: The action taken by the City of Airway Heights to implement new land use policies is being taken by some, including The Spokane Tribe, as an endorsement of the Tribe's proposed mega-casino. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The truth is that the Spokane Tribe's proposal to build their third casino on the West Plains is bad for the citizens of Airway Heights, bad for the regional economy, bad for Fairchild, and bad policy for the expansion of gaming.

That the Tribe and their supporters would  intentionally misrepresent what the adoption of  these policies means  should give some indication as to the lengths they will go to shove their proposed development down the throats of a region lined up in opposition.  

The members of Citizens Against Casino Expansion (CACE) will continue to join with the growing assembly of elected officials – both Republicans and Democrats, business owners and community members who believe this casino development is not in the best interest of the community. 

For the full record of expressions of concern and opposition regarding the Spokane Tribe's mega-casino, including letters from: Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Spokane Mayor David Condon and Spokane City Council members Mike Fagan, Nancy McLaughlin, Steve Salvatori and Mike Allen, Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove, Washington Senators Lisa Brown and Michael Baumgartner and former Washington Governor Mike Lowry go to : www.citizensagainstcasinos.com/community-and-elected-official-letters/.

What the Spokane Tribe is proposing poses a threat to our community and nothing that has happened this week takes away that fact that.  CACE will continue to work with elected leaders and community members to make sure that the truth about the project is heard.

Airway Heights adopts new land use protections around Fairchild Air Force Base

JLUS ‘important regional priority' that provides necessary clarity to build for the future

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. (December 19, 2012) – Airway Heights has adopted progressive new land use standards designed to protect and grow the mission at Fairchild Air Force Base while providing clarity for developing land on the West Plans, the city announced today.

The city council approved the Joint Land Use Standards (JLUS) on Monday night as a proactive means to define regulations for compatible uses and long-term growth. JLUS allows the city to further refine the development direction established by its comprehensive plan while supporting present and future missions at Fairchild Air Force Base, according Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing.

"Protecting and supporting Fairchild Air Force Base as a regional asset while creating a friendly and safe community for businesses and citizens has always been a top priority," Rushing said.  Previous efforts to protect the Base from incompatible land use date back to April 21, 2008 when the City adopted Air Installation Compatible Use Zones (AICUZ).

Rushing pointed to the city's track record as a dedicated partner in protecting and growing Fairchild Air Force Base. City representatives have been involved in JLUS discussions from the beginning and met regularly with Fairchild command staff to discuss needs and ways the city can support base operations.  

The regulations adopted Monday night protects the current and future missions of the Base.  According to the JLUS Implementation Steering Committee which is made up of representatives from city of Airway Heights, FAFB, Spokane County, Spokane International Airport, Medical Lake, and city of Spokane, "the regulations listed in Airway Heights Ordinance C–771 will best protect the long-term military mission of Fairchild Air Force Base from incompatible land uses."

JLUS overlays the various existing standards Airway Heights has put in place, such as the APZ areas and noise contours, known as AICUZ standards, which guide and restrict development. Airway Heights is the only jurisdiction within Spokane County to adopt and implement AICUZ standards for Fairchild Air Force Base.

Increased economic activity from new industrial, commercial and retail projects benefit residents, businesses and the community through enhanced services, Rushing said. Existing platted and vested uses are not impacted by adoption of JLUS.

"JLUS is an important regional priority, and Airway Heights is an active partner committed to its implementation as a necessary step in building for the future," Rushing said. "Thriving commercial and retail services are important for the city and surrounding activities, including Fairchild Air Force Base.

JLUS provides the transparent direction that's needed to support responsible growth and a thriving community."

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