Seneca Healthcare District Facility Replacement Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Seneca Healthcare District
Document Title
Seneca Healthcare District Facility Replacement Project
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
General Plan Designations: Resort and Recreation, Rural Residential, Single-Family Residential, Multiple-Family Residential, and Commercial. Zoning Districts: Single-Family Residential (7-R), Multiple-Family Residential (M-R), Periphery Commercial (C-2), Recreational-Open Space (Rec-OS), Recreation (R-10), and Prime Recreation (Rec-P). The Rec-P portion of APN 100-230-028 also has a Limited Combining Zone (Ltd).
Document Description
The proposed General Plan Amendment would replace the existing Plumas County 2035 General Plan (2035 General Plan) designations of Resort and Recreation, Rural Residential, Single Family Residential, and Multiple Family Residential with Commercial and Multiple Family Residential. The proposed Zone Changes would replace the existing 7-R, M-R, C-2, Rec-OS, R-10, and Rec-P designations with C-2 (health services and parking lots) and M-R (dwelling units). In the Plumas County Code, Title 9, Planning and Zoning, Chapter 2 Zoning, health services and parking lots are allowable uses within the C-2 zone, and dwelling units is an allowable use the M-R zone. The proposed Project area totals 11.8 acres. The Option 1 helipad flight path area outside the Project area entails approximately 6 acres. Seneca Healthcare District (SHD; District) proposes to provide for the continuing care of their Plumas County and Chester area community through the construction of a new acute-care hospital and skilled nursing facility building to replace their existing aged facilities. Primarily built in the 1950s and 1970s, SHD’s current hospital buildings present a challenge to continued high-quality care in the size, accessibility, and environment of the current facilities. Considering the financial implications associated with the potential SB-1953 mandated seismic compliance upgrades of the existing buildings, SHD has elected to build new facilities and expand upon the current services offered by SHD. The existing facilities will be repurposed for non-acute care uses that have yet to be determined, with preliminary candidate uses including outpatient behavioral health or expanded physical therapy.

Contact Information

Steven Towers
Agency Name
Sequoia Ecological Consulting, Inc.
Job Title
Senior Project Manager
Contact Types
Consulting Firm

Shawn McKenzie
Agency Name
Seneca Healthcare District
Job Title
Chief Executive Officer
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Countywide, Northern California, Unincorporated
Cross Streets
Reynolds Road and Wildwood Lane
Total Acres
11.8 + 6.0 (Opt)
Parcel #
APN 100-230-028 and 100-230-029 (proposed hospital facilities), APN 100-230-026 and 100-
State Highways
State Route 36
Rogers Field
Chester Elementary School
Stover Ditch, North Fork Feather River
6 & 7
Other Location Info
Community of Chester, unincorporated Plumas County

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
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State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 2 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Redding Region 5 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 2, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality
Development Types
Residential (Employee housing)(Units 10, Acres 1.4), Other (Hospital, Skilled Nursing Facility, & Employee Housing)
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, Site Plan, Rezone, Annexation
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Drainage/Absorption, Energy, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
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Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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