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BriarPatch issue postponed

Because of a lack of a quorum Tuesday night, the Grass Valley Planning Commission postponed consideration of the BriarPatch Co-op and shopping center planned for Litton Hill.

Commissioners Paul Aguilar and Dale White were absent, and Commissioner Lisa Swarthout recused herself because she is running for City Council. Swarthout said she was advised by a city attorney that if the proposal is appealed, she could not vote on the issue as a commissioner and as a councilwoman.

Developer Greg Francis hopes to build a 20,000-square-foot shopping center at the corner of Sierra College and Litton drives. It would be anchored by the BriarPatch Co-op and three smaller stores.



Traffic promises to be the major hurdle for the project. The project would compound congestion from Litton Business Park, Sierra College, Morgan Ranch and Nevada Union High School, some residents have said.

The project will appear before the Planning Commission on Nov. 16.





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