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Airport commission to discuss Loma Rica in closed session

In what could be its final involvement with the Loma Rica development, the Nevada County Airport Land Use Commission will meet in closed session today to discuss litigation with the City of Grass Valley.

The Grass Valley City Council voted unanimously to override the airport commission’s determination that the Loma Rica Ranch development plans are incompatible with the airport’s land-use safety regulations at Grass Valley’s Sept. 11 meeting.

The decision was part of a settlement agreement between the two agencies, said Dan Miller, both a Grass Valley City councilman and an airport land use commissioner.

“It’s been settled and dismissed,” Miller said.

The Loma Rica development is a 452-acre mixed-use project featuring single-family houses, cottages and multi-family units along with commercial properties was first proposed. The proposed project site abuts Loma Rica Industrial Park and Nevada County Airport.

In May 2011, the City Council approved Loma Rica Ranch’s Environmental Impact Report and annexed the site into the city’s borders.

Subsequently, the Airport Land Use Commission approved the airport’s compatibility plan — basically a zoning document to ensure safety — in September 2011. That came despite an outcry by nearby property owners and developers who said they were unaware the plan was coming down the pike.

The City of Grass Valley, Loma Rica’s developer and eight property owners sued in Nevada County Superior Court to overturn the new airport land use compatibility plan. A key component of the settlement agreement centered on building around MacBoyle Lake, part of which lies beneath the highest-level safety zone.

“The purpose of this session is to report back on the status of that,” Last said on the last step of the settlement.

Loma Rica’s developer is Steven Garrett of Castle Companies in San Ramon and the property owner is the Getty Trust. With the agreement seemingly settled, the next step is for project documents to be submitted to the city, reviewed and approved in coming months.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call (530) 477-4236.

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