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Planning Commission Needs More Time To Discuss Law And Justice Center

Sonora, CA — The Tuolumne County Planning Commission has postponed a vote on whether to approve the Environmental Impact Report of the proposed Law and Justice Center until September 2nd.

The Commission spent four hours listening to details about the project Wednesday evening, and when the 11 o’clock curfew arrived, the Commission jointly decided it would like additional time to ask questions to county staff.

CAO Craig Pedro started the meeting by giving an overall description of the project proposed for Old Wards Ferry Rd., and noted that the first three aspects would be the construction of a juvenile detention facility, courthouse and a CHP headquarters. They are the furthest along when it comes to securing available funding.

A number of officials from the law enforcement community spoke in favor of the project, including Sheriff Jim Mele, Probation Chief Adele Arnold, CHP Commander Sam Samra, Judge Douglas Boyack and District Attorney Donald Segerstrom.

A handful of residents also spoke in opposition of the project, raising concerns about its size and location.

The September 2nd meeting will begin at 7pm in the Supervisors Chambers.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.