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Weaver ordered to move vehicles

Auto dealer Matt Weaver must remove the new vehicles he has stored on his new Idaho-Maryland Road lot by today, according to an order issued by the city of Grass Valley.

The vehicles have been at the new site of Weaver Auto and Truck Center since early April. On April 14, Weaver had a telephone conversation about the vehicles with city planning director Thomas Last, who followed up with a letter on April 27.

The letter says the vehicles’ presence on the property violates the city’s zoning ordinance.



“The storage of these vehicles without having a valid business on the site or certificate of occupancy on the property is a violation,” the letter reads. “If the vehicles are not removed by (May 2), it will obligate the city to take enforcement action.”

Weaver told city staff Monday that he was working to remove the new vehicles.




Weaver also will ask the city’s planning commissioners to allow him to make some changes to one of the conditions of getting the occupancy certificate: the construction of a signal at the intersection of Idaho-Maryland Road and the Golden Center Freeway northbound offramp.

He told City Council members last week that a problem with the supply of light standards has pushed his schedule for having the signal operating to Oct. 1.

At today’s special Planning Commission meeting, scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at City Hall, city officials are expected to discuss with Weaver some alternatives that would further reduce the amount of traffic his business sends into the nearby intersection so that it would not cause additional congestion.

Those additional, temporary mitigations could include installing temporary signal lights, a further reduction of work hours, and closing more service bays to reduce business at the new lot, Weaver said.

If those mitigations bring down the level of traffic the business produces, Weaver may be able to convince city officials to grant him the occupancy certificate before the permanent signal is installed.

Also today, the Planning Commission will:

• At 4 p.m., visit the proposed new Hills Flat Lumber Co. site on Railroad Avenue. Commissioners will return to City Council chambers at about 5 p.m. for a study session on the project; they plan to take no action.

• During the special session starting at 7 p.m., there will be a vote on the development review application for the Chapa De Clinic Indian Health Program Inc. project at East Main Street and Sierra College Drive. Planning staff has recommended a negative declaration for environmental impacts.

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To contact staff writer Trina Kleist, e-mail trinak@theunion.com or call 477-4231.


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