Weaver, Chapa De move ahead
Auto dealer Matt Weaver agreed Tuesday to additional traffic-reduction measures so he can open his new lot on Idaho-Maryland Road before a signal is installed nearby.
However, those additional measures will only be imposed according to the type of business that comes to occupy his current location, a small rented lot on East Main Street.
Grass Valley planning commissioners approved the new arrangement in a 4-1 vote during a special meeting Tuesday. At least 25 smiling supporters, many of them wearing shirts identifying themselves as employees of Weaver Auto and Truck Center, shook hands with Weaver afterward.
Commissioner Ralph Silberstein disagreed with the majority, saying “the spirit of it is healthy,” but that repeatedly changing the requirements imposed on a development creates “bad policy.”
“It just means that every developer will come in here thinking he can get a little more time on his mitigation measures,” Silberstein said.
“I know it would be nice to have a policy in place, but it’s a fluid situation,” Commission Chairman Dale White replied.
Weaver said he originally had expected to open in February. The need to excavate rock and then late rains pushed his schedule to early June.
Weaver’s building permit requires him to install a traffic light at the corner of Idaho-Maryland and the northbound offramp of the Golden Center Freeway before moving in. Problems in supplying the signal standard pushed that project to Oct. 1.
Weaver argued that traffic-reducing measures he is taking in the meantime assume another high-volume business would occupy his current location on East Main Street after he leaves.
“If there’s no traffic being generated by that site, then I shouldn’t be penalized,” Weaver said.
Under the new agreement, Weaver would pay for a new traffic study should a new tenant move into the old lot. He would then disable additional service stalls to make up for the new tenant’s traffic.
Weaver advertised in Friday’s edition of The Union that he would open in “33 days,” though he does not have an occupancy permit from the city for the new location.
In other business, commissioners approved 5-0 a revised project brought by the Chapa De Clinic Indian Health Program Inc. The nonprofit corporation already operates a small clinic at East Main and Presley Way.
The new clinic would be a scaled-back 27,000 square feet on the corner of East Main and Sierra College Drive, surrounded largely by native plants and a meadow of short, native grasses.
Grayson Coney, cultural director for the Tsi-akim and Maidu Tribe, said the expanded clinic would save thousands of trips yearly down Highway 49, as patients would not need to go to the larger clinic in Auburn.
To contact staff writer Trina Kleist, e-mail trinak@theunion .com or call 477-4231.
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