No hotel, for now

Proposed development near California Park denied by Chico Planning Commission

The No Hotel in California Park community group got the results it hoped for when the Chico Planning Commission voted 3-2 (with two absent) to deny the use permit application for the TownePlace Suites project.

A four-story, 112-room hotel was proposed to be built near California Park and the Sierra Sunrise Terrace senior apartments, at the intersection of Highway 32 and Bruce Road. Residents in the area have lobbied the city and local media to keep it from going through.

On July 21, Commissioner Rich Ober made the motion to deny based on the project not meeting two of five criteria outlined in the city’s municipal code—namely that it was inconsistent with the city’s general plan and that it was not compatible with the neighborhood.

There was a 10-day window to appeal the decision to the City Council. According to the applicant’s local representative, James Stevens, appeal paperwork was filed with the city’s Planning Division on July 29.

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