May be time for building moratorium |

May be time for building moratorium

Re: “Our role: A watchdog, not a lap dog,” Feb. 8: Your “scoop” regarding Chapa-De was self-congratulatory. However, you are barking up a very wrong tree when you hint that our city planners are racially prejudiced. (You’ll have a real scoop if you ever find anyone who opposes a good, low-cost, health clinic with friendly Indian doctors who have hospital privileges – what’s not to like?)

There is a real story, however: The developer’s proposal included a flawed traffic study. It should never have reached even the Planning Commission (who almost rejected it, on a rare 3-2 vote), much less the City Council. The city was forced to spend $3,500 for an independent review of that traffic study, which indeed found it completely inadequate. (Read the review by Prizm Engineering, and details, on the Web site of Grass Valley Neighbors,

Yes, the property is zoned commercial, but the city has already allowed more development than it can handle, and thank heavens the City Council is finally saying that we have to slow it down. It may be time for a moratorium on any development until we paint a really clear picture of what we want our wonderful town to look like in 30 years.

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