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Grass Valley to write criteria for proposed developments

Grass Valley leaders will write guidelines to use for looking at four huge housing developments proposed for the city’s periphery, with the first step planned for May 9.

The developers have submitted applications for the subdivisions, but city planners have put them all on hold pending direction from the City Council.

Council members adopted a four-step process for thinking about these applications:



– Review the city’s 2020 General Plan; the results of their joint workshop with city planning commissioners to discuss priorities; the results of a city-wide survey that revealed traffic, growth and methamphetamine addiction were top worries; and a study of the city’s economic and fiscal conditions, which showed the city is in danger of becoming a bedroom community to Roseville if jobs and housing are not kept in balance.

This step is planned for the council’s regularly scheduled meeting starting at 7 p.m. May 9.




– Hold a public hearing on the future of the city’s growth and development. This step has been scheduled for a special meeting on May 25.

– Decide on a policy to follow that expresses the council’s preferences, taking all the previous information into consideration. The policy would deal with how council members want to see city land used in the future. This step could lead their adopting a growth management approach that would provide some consistent way for staff to look at the development applications.

The third step has not been scheduled.

– Review the applications from the four housing developments according to the direction provided in the previous steps. The applications would be compared to the policy developed in step 3 for consistency.

The process for all the steps is expected to take several months.


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