A new setback for Indian clinic | TheUnion.com

A new setback for Indian clinic

Efforts to build a medical office building at East Main Street and Sierra College Drive suffered another setback Tuesday, when the Grass Valley Planning Commission voted 3-1 to reopen the public hearing on the issue.

Tuesday was the second time the Planning Commission postponed making a decision on the proposed 42,336-square-foot building that Chapa-De Indian Health Program Inc. of Auburn wants to put on 12.1 acres. Chapa-De, a nonprofit organization, has maintained satellite offices on nearby Presley Way since 1998.

Planning commissioners voted Aug. 20 to continue the review of the project until September, saying they needed more information on traffic and other issues.

They voted after Chairwoman Lisa Swarthout closed the public hearing, the period when the public could comment on the issue. To reopen the public hearing, public notices will have to be posted to comply with state public meeting laws.

Traffic was one of the main issues raised Aug. 20.

In a letter to the commission, Steve Enos, a city councilman and a planner, said the traffic study was flawed and urged the city to require more environmental review for the project.

After the vote, Carol Ervin, Chapa-De’s chief executive officer, said she was angry at the Planning Commission.

“I hoped they would do their job,” she said.

One of Chapa-De’s attorney’s, Marcus J. Lo Duca of Roseville, said a Chapa-De representative will come back for the next hearing Oct. 15.

Chapa-De has a contract with Federal Indian Health Services to provide medical care in Placer, Yolo, Sierra and Nevada counties. Chapa-De, which accepts American Indian and non-Indian patients, operates under the Rumsey Indian Rancheria, a federally recognized tribe based in Yolo County.

Vote of the Grass Valley Planning Commission to reopen hearings on the proposed medical office building at East Main and Sierra College Drive.

Paul Aguilar….. …….Yes

Gloria Hyde…………Yes

Dan Miller……………No

Lisa Swarthout……..Yes

Dale White……..Absent

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