The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the potential environmental consequences of the Koi Nation of Northern California’s (Koi Nation) proposed fee-to-trust transfer of an approximately 68.6-acre parcel in unincorporated Sonoma County, California, adjacent to the Town of Windsor, for gaming purposes (Proposed Action). The Proposed Project includes the development of a casino, hotel, conference/event center, restaurant/bars, and supporting parking and infrastructure within the project site. The federal actions necessary to implement the Proposed Project trigger the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The BIA is the Lead Agency for compliance with NEPA.
A Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Proposed Project was issued on May 27, 2022. The NOP described the Proposed Action and announced the initiation of the 30-day public scoping comment period, which ended on June 27, 2022. The purpose of the public scoping process was to identify potential environmental issues, concerns, reasonable mitigation measures, and alternatives to be considered in the EA. The BIA has published a “Scoping Report” summarizing the results of the public scoping process.
A Notice of Availability for the EA was issued on September 12, 2023, initiating a 45-day public review period. This comment period also extends to the Draft Conformity Determination (DCD) that has been prepared for the Proposed Project. The DCD is contained within Appendix F-2 of the EA. A virtual public hearing was held on September 27, 2023 that included an overview of the NEPA process, description of Proposed Action and Alternatives, summary of the contents of the EA, and an opportunity for the public to submit verbal comments on the EA.
On September 29, 2023, the BIA issued a Notice of Comment Period Extension announcing a 15-day extension of the original comment period to November 13, 2023, providing a total of 60 days to submit comments on the EA.