Traffic studies required for clinic |

Traffic studies required for clinic

The American Indian medical group that wants to build a facility at the corner of Sierra College Drive and East Main Street will have to do further traffic studies before the project can proceed, the Grass Valley City Council voted Tuesday.

The vote was 4-0-1. City Councilman Steve Enos abstained.

Chapa-De Indian Health Program Inc.’s proposal to build a 42,336-square-foot medical facility landed before the City Council after Enos appealed the decision by the Planning Commission to approve the project. The traffic study done for this project, Enos said in his appeal, was inadequate.

Tuesday’s decision means the city will hire a consultant to do a focused environmental impact report on the traffic that could be generated by the medical facility, with Chapa-De bearing the cost of the study.

Enos said after the meeting that he was happy with the City Council’s decision.

“It’s exactly what I asked for,” he said.

Chapa-De attorney Marcus J. Lo Duca, whose client has agreed to do the study, said he does not know how much the focused environmental impact report will cost.

Sharon Boivin, a former Nevada County planning commissioner who lives near the area, said the decision to require a focused environmental impact report was the right thing to do. “Why didn’t they do it in the first place?” she said after the meeting.

In other matters:

— The City Council voted to appoint Chauncey Poston, a Realtor and a Grass Valley resident, to the Planning Commission. Poston, the former chair of Natural Heritage 2020, will replace Dan Miller, who had to resign after being elected to serve on the Nevada Joint Union High School governing board of trustees.

— The City Council also unanimously voted to allow Waste Management to increase trash collection rates up to 1.3 percent for residential customers and up to 2.4 percent for commercial customers. The new rates become effective Feb. 1.

— Finally, the City Council also unanimously voted to install two speed humps on French Avenue, where residents have repeatedly complained that too many people drive too fast on the narrow and windy street.

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