Land use resolution sees much support
Posted: Jan 22, 2010 3:37 PM
by Sabrina Salas Matanane
Guam - Resolution 258 received overwhelming support on session floor. The measure introduced by chairperson of the Legislative Committee on the Guam Military Buildup, Senator Judi Guthertz, would express to the feds the legislature opposition to the use of condemnation as a means to acquire property for the buildup of troops locally.
"Private landowners should have the right to do what they want with their land say yes if they wish to lease it and say no if they don't wish to lease it or sell it and the Government of Guam must have the same freedom when it comes to public land whether its ancestral lands, CLTC or crown land, and so colleagues I offer...the local government already controls 25% of our properties, the Department of Defense already controls 27% of our properties here on this island as far as I'm concerned not only am I against eminent domain or condemnation, I'm against any further taking of any additional properties by the federal government, not one square inch," said Guthertz.
Senator Eddie Calvo added that the 40,000 acres the DoD currently owns is more than ample for whatever purposes are required for the military buildup.