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Monday, July 25, 2005

Third CCAT reply to questions

Ingrid Cattano from CCAT answered the questions posed in Large Scary Number.

I will post her comments as she wrote them in red and my answers below in black. To keep my comments from getting too long, I will answer each question in a separate post.

3) Is CCAT trying to scare citizen’s into opposing the mine, or do they have another agenda?
CCAT Response: CCAT’s objective is to have development in Western Nevada County take place in a measured way, by having potential traffic problems solved before they arise. New traffic problems should not be allowed until current problems are fixed.
I am wondering how CCAT proposes to pay to fix potential probes “before they arise.” The community approved a Mitigation Fee Program, as required under state law to assure that new development pays its way. This law insures that development pays for the new infrastructure required by development, including roads. These fees are collected before building takes place, but the City has five years to collect fees before building out the infrastructure. This is an ongoing process. It is true, that Grass Valley has been slow to get projects started. In many cases, because Caltrans is involved. One example being the East Main - Brunswick intersection.

Since the Dorsey Drive Interchange construction will not start until 2008, but be should be finished in 2010. State funding could delay it some more. We will not know until the California Transportation Commission allocates the funds this fall. For, now let’s assume it is 2010. That is five years for Grass Valley to work on the current intersection funded under the Regional Mitigation Fee Program and Grass Valley’s Capital Improvement Program.

Yes, the process is slow, and it gets hung up from time to time, but it is designed to solve the problems new development creates. That said, some of the problem intersections have been with us for a long time, even before the Mitigation Fee was established. These problems need to be solve by Grass Valley with the money they have collected from property owners improving their business for years. CCAT may want to focus on encouraging Grass Valley to fix these existing problems, rather than focusing on new developments and contractors, who are, and will pay for transportation improvements.

Under the established process, it is highly unlikely solutions will be in place before the problem arises, unless CCAT has a better funding solution.

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