Board waives fee for potential clinic

The supervisors waived a fee for a woman trying to open a nonprofit health clinic in South County, but keeping an eye on the tight budget, decided to use their discretionary funds to cover the cost of the permit.

During the Tuesday, Sept. 18 Lassen County Board of Supervisors meeting, they approved the waiving of the class II use permit fee for the potential nonprofit health clinic.

Initially, according to Lassen County Planning and Building Associate Planner Stefano Richichi, Elsie Taylor applied for a fee waiver for a rezone and initial study application, but after review, the department determined the clinic was a nonprofit and met the public use as allowed in the use permit in the existing zoning district.

“A use permit application is more appropriate for the proposed medical clinic than a rezone application because, under the environmental review process relevant to rezone applications, the department must analyze the potential impacts of all the uses allowed by right in the proposed, Town Service District zone, whereas a use permit application directly addresses the proposed use,” read a letter from Planning and Building Services Director Maury Anderson to the board. “In short, the department believes that an exempt use permit application will save the applicant the unnecessary expense of having to prepare superfluous environmental studies, as well as the time it takes to prepare them.”
However, while the board was in favor of waiving the $571 class II use permit fee, Supervisor Aaron Albaugh noted the board should be cautious with fee waivers due to the already tight budget projected for the 2018/2019 fiscal year.

Ultimately, the board opted to waive Taylor’s fee, and subtract the $571 amount from the board’s discretionary fund.

District 5 Supervisor Tom Hammond thanked county staff for their work adding Taylor was “working hard,” to bring the possible health clinic to South County patients.