A federal decision on the proposed tribal casino on the West Plains will be delayed until at least May 1.
The U.S. Department of Interior has granted several requests for additional time to make comments on the Final Environmental Impact Statement. Last month that statement listed a casino, resort and retail development as the preferred alternative for land owned by the Spokane Tribe.
The department got at least three requests for a delay, from Spokane County, the city of Cheney and Greater Spokane Incorporated, a spokesman for the Bureau of Indian Affairs said. The county’s request for more time to raise objections to the development was supported by U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and the Spokane Tribe said it wouldn’t object to one more delay for additional comments.