DeMartini project can move forward |

DeMartini project can move forward

With no guidelines on creekside setbacks, Grass Valley city leaders rejected a planning commission decision and set a standard anyway for a commercial development selling modular houses at Idaho-Maryland Road and Railroad Avenue.

Tuesday, City council members accepted project developer Tim DeMartini’s appeal allowing DeMartini’s plans to move forward with a five to 15 foot setback standard.

DeMartini’s project calls for four manufactured cabins, with one used as a business office, on a 2.5-acre site. His business would cover about 6,500 square feet of the narrow property flanked by Wolf Creek.

During a meeting last month, planning commissioners cited concerns about the impact on Wolf Creek, site grading and parking locations, but council members focused mostly on the setbacks Tuesday.

Council members agonized that they had no setback standard for DeMartini’s project or any other proposal near a waterway.

“The city is caught with its pants down on how to deal with setbacks,” said Councilman Chauncey Poston.

But Poston and his fellow council members ultimately agreed to the setback which matches the creek’s 100-year flood plain.


To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail or call 477-4234.

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