Chamber Questions Need for New Rules

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Bay Area Chamber of Commerce
145 Central
Coos Bay, OR 97420

For Immediate Release

The Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw (CTCLUSI) have submitted an application for a Traditional Cultural Property Historic District (TCP) to be formed and added to the National Register of Historic Places. This proposal will envelop 26 square miles of surface area within, and contiguous to, the Coos Bay Estuary. The TCP will include large developed and undeveloped areas located within the Cities of Coos Bay, North Bend and Coos County.

The Chamber Board of Directors has adopted the following resolution:

“Historic and cultural resources are important to our shared heritage as a people. Oregon’s land-use planning laws and regulations, specifically Goal 5, acknowledge that value and provides for its protection. Locally our Coos Bay estuary plan calls for regular consultation when proposed uses might impact such a resource. “

“The Bay Area Chamber of Commerce questions the value of adding another element to this already rigorous regulatory structure. While we support the preservation of historic and cultural resources, we oppose the adoption of unnecessary and potentially onerous regulation.”

“Therefore, the Chamber asks the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and National Park Service either to reject the Traditional Cultural Property application by the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, or to suspend consideration pending a thorough examination of the need for such regulation and the potential impact on local landowners.”

The Bay Area Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, professional business organization made up of the Coos Bay, North Bend, and Charleston communities. The Chamber works for a healthy economic climate of good jobs, more customers and efficient government. The Chamber’s strength lies in the number and diversity of its membership. With more than 525 members representing every aspect of this area’s economy, we use their vast collective experiences and energy to make a positive difference in our community.

Timm Slater
Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

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