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Hospital hearings delayed

Clerical error means dates will be pushed back

Posted: August 14, 2008 9:52 p.m.
Updated: October 16, 2008 5:01 a.m.

Discussion about the hospital's expansion plans probably won't be over anytime soon.

Public hearings for Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital's expansion plans will be held later than planned due to a clerical error discovered in the latest environmental report, a Santa Clarita city official said Thursday. The draft environmental impact report released in June had been circulated for public comment through Aug. 8.

The report was expected to go before the Santa Clarita City Council in early September, but is now planned for Sept. 23, said Community Development Director Paul Brotzman.

The 3,000-page document is being revised to fix a consultant's error in the technical data. Some of the data had been entered into the wrong column, which affected the results, Brotzman said.

The revised report will be recirculated for 45 days beginning Sept. 3.

The report outlines the potential environmental effects of Newhall Memorial's 15-year plan to build a 120-bed inpatient tower, three medical office buildings and four parking structures.
Brotzman said the revised report will include a summary of the changes.

The public can send the city written comments on the environmental report beginning Sept. 3 and can verbally comment on the plans 20 days later at the Sept. 23 hearing.

With the exception of the minor changes, Brotzman said, "If people read the EIR that was being circulated, they've got everything out there that they really need to comment on at the council meeting on the 23rd."

The development agreement and master plan is now expected to go before the council in November.

"We have a firm schedule that we're working toward," Brotzman said. "But we're also committed that if it takes some additional time to respond to an issue, we'll take time to respond to the issue."

The last big City Council hearing on the hospital's plans was September of last year.

The plans were supposed to return to the council in January, but the EIR was stalled for several months as the hospital was waiting on three consultant studies to be completed.


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