Traffic study mulled for tribal project |

Traffic study mulled for tribal project

The nonprofit organization that wants to build a medical clinic at the corner of Sierra College Drive and East Main Street will have to wait longer before the city decides to give the green light to the project.

The Grass Valley City Council on Tuesday will consider the staff’s recommendation to have the applicant, Chapa-De Indian Health Program Inc., pay for more environmental studies to evaluate the traffic impacts of the project.

In a unusual move, City Councilman Steve Enos appealed the Grass Valley Planning Commission’s decision to approve Chapa-De’s plans – the construction of a 42,336- square-foot building on 12.1 acres. Enos, who received the green light from the city attorney before filing the appeal, argued the traffic study the applicant presented to city officials was inadequate.

The staff made the decision to require a focused environmental impact report after Prism Engineers, a traffic engineering firm, evaluated and concluded the applicant’s traffic study did not meet city traffic standards.

Marcus J. Lo Duca, an attorney for Chapa-De, asked that their application be put on hold temporarily while the issues raised in the appeal are under study.

The Planning Commission approved the project on Oct. 15.

The City Council will also consider:

— The appointment of Chauncey Poston to the Grass Valley Planning Commission to fill the seat vacated by Dan Miller, who had to resign after being elected to the Nevada Joint Union High School District governing board of trustees.

Poston, 55, who served as chairman of Natural Heritage 2020, is a real estate agent. He has lived in Nevada County since 1977. Both he and his wife, the chairwoman of the city’s historical commission, said they want to do what’s best for the city. “We’ve always volunteered,” Poston said.

— Waste Management’s request to increase its trash collection rates up to 1.3 percent for residential customers and up to 2.4 percent for commercial bin customers.

Waste Management, according to the franchise agreement with the city, can request an annual increase of up to 3 percent. Residents who now pay $13.47 a month will pay $13.65 – the same as county residents. Commercial bin customers who now pay $191.39 a month will pay $200.19.

If approved, rate hikes become effective on Feb. 1.


WHAT: Grass Valley City Council, regular meeting

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: City Council, City Hall, 215 E. Main St.

INFORMATION: 274-4310.

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