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Community Church EIR Comment Period Ends This Week

People have until Saturday to submit their questions and comments on the project's EIR.

The 's proposal to build church in downtown Clayton likely will be an ongoing issue throughout 2011.

A final decision on the 42,000-square-foot project is still months away, but Saturday marks the end of the public comments period on the inital draft of the complex's environmental impact report.

David Woltering, Clayton's community development director, said his office has received about 100 comments on issues pertaining to the project.

Woltering emphasized that the community development department is only looking at comments and questions pertaining to the legal adequacy and accuracy of the EIR, not on broader issues of the proposal.

The initalEIR can be read online here, and the comments and questions can be sent to Woltering on the third floor of City Hall, 6000 Heritage Trail, or by email at dwoltering@ci.clayton.ca.us.

When the public comment period closes Saturday, city staff will have 60 days to answer the comments.

After the EIR is finalized, the issue will go to the Planning Commission and the City Council, probably in the fall. It is expected that each body will hold multiple meetings on the project.

George DeBoever June 21, 2011 at 10:48 PM
Please go to SaveClayton.com to help stop this church from being built at this location. Thanks, George
MARIE June 22, 2011 at 02:03 AM
Please no CHURCH>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Andrea Vollmerhausen June 22, 2011 at 05:24 AM
I, too, hope the City Council and planning commission listens to the citizens of Clayton. Many of us are strongly in favor of having the church built at that location. Our town needs to have a common ground for all the citizens to be able to worship (if they choose), shop or attend community activities.
Jim Vestal June 22, 2011 at 07:51 PM
California was almost created when the Spanish built the missions from Mexico to San Francisco, and communities sprung up around them. But today with your church of choice everywhere, it is not the time to take out a city center designed for commerce, and hand the business potential and tax base away.
B A Hill June 23, 2011 at 04:28 PM
The height and density of the buildings change the landscape of the city (and not for the better) would bring traffic and parking issues, that would negatively impact existing businesses. Because this development will bring in minimal tax base, if at all, the city will need to find funds to maintain the downtown infrastructure and increase city services.

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