Project History/Timeline

Project History-Timeline

Feb. 14, 2017 – The Tribe hosts a press conference to announce that the property in Elk Grove has been taken into trust by the BIA.

Feb. 8, 2017
 – City Council repeals ordinance No. 23-2016 nullifying the amendment to the development agreement.

Jan. 19, 2017 – BIA issues Record of Decision approving the EIS allowing the Elk Grove site to be taken into trust. BIA notes that development agreement (Ordinance No. 23-2016) does not prohibit BIA from taking land into trust for the Tribe.

Jan. 11, 2017 – City Council certifies referendum petition.  Ordinance 23-2016 is suspended and not effective. 

Dec. 14, 2016 – BIA issues notice of availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Project, opening 30 day public comment period.

Nov. 21, 2016  – Referendum petition filed with the City of Elk Grove seeking to repeal Ordinance No. 23-2016.

Oct 26, 2016 – City of Elk Grove receives further public comment at a public meeting and adopts Ordinance No. 23-2016 amending development agreement with HHC.

Oct 12, 2016 – City of Elk Grove holds a public hearing, receives public comment, and approves Ordinance No. 23-2016 amending development agreement with Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) – the mall developer – removing the proposed Project site from the development agreement.

Sept. 28, 2016 – At a public meeting of the City Council, and following public comment, Elk Grove City Council approves an MOU with the Tribe to mitigate impacts of the proposed Project including traffic, crime, schools and loss of tax revenue if the Project is approved by appropriate state and federal agencies and ultimately built. The MOU provides approximately $132 million to the Elk Grove community over 20 years if the Project is built.

July 6, 2016 – The Tribe conducts town hall-style meeting in Elk Grove at the Falls Event Center to receive community feedback and answer questions.

June 2016 – City of Elk Grove and the Tribe begin discussions regarding a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to address impacts from the Project, consistent with the 2011 MOU.

June 9, 2016 – Following environmental review and public comment, the Tribe announces Elk Grove as preferred site for proposed Resort and Casino project.

Feb. 29, 2016 – Public comment period on DEIS concludes following 62-day public comment period.

Feb. 18, 2016 – City of Elk Grove provides comments to the BIA regarding the DEIS.

Jan. 29, 2016 – BIA conducts a public hearing in Galt to provide information and receive public comments on the proposed Project and DEIS.

Dec. 29, 2015 – Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is published in the Federal Register by the BIA. The DEIS includes analysis of impacts from construction at the  Galt, Elk Grove, and Wilton sites.

Dec. 4, 2013 – BIA publishes a Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register describing the proposed action and announcing the BIA’s intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Project. Alternative sites, including the current Elk Grove location and Wilton, are identified in the EIS.

2013 – The Tribe submits an application to the BIA to take approximately 282 acres of land into trust near the City of Galt for gaming and other purposes.

June 2011 – County of Sacramento, City of Elk Grove and Wilton Rancheria enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that outlines a process that requires the Tribe to negotiate agreements with the City and County to mitigate potential environmental, social, and economic impacts resulting from any future development projects, including a possible casino project proposed by the Tribe.

Feb.  2010 – The Federal Court granted to the City and County the right to participate in the tribal restoration process.

Aug. 2009 – The County of Sacramento and City of Elk Grove intervened in a pending federal lawsuit to provide input on the proposed casino location, expressing concern over the Wilton location.

2009 – The Tribe proposes to construct a casino on property located near historic tribal land in Wilton.

June 2009 – The United Sates restores federal recognition and government-to-government relationship with the Wilton Rancheria Tribe.