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Council to announce position on growth issue

The Grass Valley City Council is expected to discuss and vote on a resolution opposing the Managed Growth Initiative at its Tuesday council meeting.

Council members are set to vote on a resolution confirming the initiative “would have the potential for significant issues and impacts to the City of Grass Valley,” according to the agenda.

The initiative, which could go on the November ballot, seeks to lock in the city’s current land-use element and map of the general plan, with future amendments requiring voter approval. The initiative is in force for 18 years beyond 2020, the time-frame of the city’s current general plan.

All properties or projects which propose any land use change to the general plan from now until 2038 would be subject to the provisions of the initiative, according to agenda information prepared by City Administrator Dan Holler and Community Development Director Joe Heckel.

The Council reviewed a report from city staff on May 13 containing a list of potential issues and impacts if the initiative were to be adopted and implemented by the city.

“After reviewing the findings of the report, the council found the issues and impacts to be of such a significant nature that a position expressing their concern in the form of a resolution should be adopted,” according to Holler and Heckel.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda is city staff’s recommendation that the council certify signatures for the proposed initiative, and order a comprehensive report on the impacts of the initiative to be completed by June 25.

The Grass Valley City Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the lower-level council chambers of Grass Valley City Hall.

To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call 477-4236.

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