Now the county may go about setting up development guidelines inorder for tribes to build the casinos, a task they will start thisweek. Nearly a dozen casino expansions or new construction projectsare on the horizon. County supervision William Horn says the tribeswill be treated "like any other developer."

The county delayed action on permits needed to excavate and dowater, sewer, telephone and electric hookups. Tribal officialsaccused the county, which has expressed concern about the projects'impact on traffic and the environment, of throwing roadblocks inthe path of their developments.

In the most recent of the projects to be announced, Pauma tribalofficials ran into no significant opposition at a public hearinglast month on their proposed casino project in the North County.Tribal officials promised to weigh the project's impact on traffic,the nearby San Luis Rey River and Palomar Observatory.

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