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With hundreds of new houses being built or approved in Grass Valley, officials are helping lenders and buyers understand the city’s affordable housing program.

The city requires 20 percent of units to be set aside for the program, which makes homes available to people who could not afford to buy a market-priced house. It’s aimed especially at people in law enforcement, education and the trades

All workshops are open to the public, but focus on different areas:

• A workshop for lenders and brokers to discuss availability, location and pricing; income requirements; and the city’s program for first-time buyers will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 125 E. Main St.

• A workshop for buyers to discuss the loan process; budgeting and planning; and the buying process will be held in November at a time to be announced.

For more information, call Housing Technician Beth Owens at 274-4344.

Project goes before commission

The Ridge Meadows project – a proposal to build 49 houses at Ridge and Upper Slate Creek roads – could be approved Tuesday by the Grass Valley Planning Commission.

The development faces difficulty regarding the misalignment of its access road, Ryan’s Lane, with Slate Creek Road heading to another new development on the south side of Ridge.

City Council members have said in the past that they are concerned about traffic safety on Ridge Road and have asked the two developers to get together to find a solution.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in City Hall. Other items on the agenda include the possible adoption of a new development code and related zoning map. The city is moving toward form-based zoning, in which planners look more at the form of things than their use.

The agenda can be seen at City Hall, 125 E. Main St., or online at

– Trina Kleist

Judge forum set for Oct. 22

The South Nevada County Chamber of Commerce will host a judge’s forum with candidates Tom Anderson and Ray Shine from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Lake of the Pines Clubhouse. Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer will facilitate the event. For reservations, call 268-7622 by Oct. 22.

– The Union staff

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