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Council open to smaller proposal

Is there a smaller-scale proposal of the Berriman Ranch development that might be acceptable to Grass Valley city leaders?

It’s an open question after Tuesday night when Grass Valley City Council members agreed they are willing to discuss that possibility with the property’s potential developer, Asset Property Management Inc. of San Diego.

Developing the 121-acre farm just south of McKnight Way near Highway 49 into the initially proposed 151 residences with open space that would include a vineyard, winery and tasting room before the city’s stated projected 2016 property annexation isn’t what city leaders want.

“It’s pretty clear what the general plan states,” Mayor Mark Johnson said.

After some haggling among council members, the council agreed to send a letter to Nevada County Planning Director Randy Wilson restating its time frame for annexing the property and how the city doesn’t want to move sooner on the large-scale proposal.

No specific proposal has been submitted to Nevada County or Grass Valley. But in a previous letter to the county, Asset Management indicated it would submit its proposal soon.

Dale Creighton, who is with SCO Planning and Engineering, which is leading the project locally, said he didn’t want to be “forced into the county’s parameters.”

“We should be able to work with you and not be told to go away until 2016,” Creighton said.

Neither Creighton, nor city leaders detailed what might be involved in a smaller-scale development.

During Tuesday night’s discussion, council members also agreed Johnson and Vice Mayor Lisa Swarthout along with city staff would meet with county planning staff and potentially county supervisors in the next 60 days about the potential Berriman Ranch development.

In other business, the council approved a recreational trail south of Glen Jones Park as proposed by the Nevada County Land Trust.

Land Trust leaders said they’ve secured $50,000 in Proposition 40 funds and expect $12,500 of donations from city staff and community volunteers to complete the trail.

Work on the trail could start in the fall and take a year to year and half to complete, Land Trust leaders said.


To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail gregm@theunion .com or call 477-4234.

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