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Council to review project appeal

Tim DeMartini wants his plan to sell modular houses at Idaho-Maryland Road and Railroad Avenue resurrected by Grass Valley city leaders tonight.

City planning commissioners rejected DeMartini’s project last month, citing concerns about the impact on Wolf Creek, site grading and parking locations. Tonight, city council members will consider the businessman’s appeal.

DeMartini proposed setting four manufactured cabins, with one used as a business office, on a 2.5-acre site. His business would cover about 6,500 square feet of the narrow property flanked by Wolf Creek.



An appropriate setback from the creek is the project’s biggest issue, according to a report from Community Development Director Joe Heckel.

The commission did not recommend what DeMartini needed to do to get future approval. But in the report, Heckel outlines three creek setback alternatives if council members accept DeMartini’s appeal, rejecting the commission’s decision.




The three alternatives include:

• Establish setbacks to match the 100-year flood plain for the creek.

• Require open space and/or a hydraulic maintenance easement for the creek.

• Require no setbacks or open space easement for the creek.

In other business, council members could consider final approval of Ridge Meadows, a development of 50 single-family houses off of Ridge Road. Original plans called for 49 houses, but the change in road access gives room for an additional house.

Council members want Upper Slate Creek Road as the main public access to the proposed development, They also want Ryan’s Lane closed off to public access, but the developer hasn’t finished negotiations with all the street’s property owners. Council members deferred project approval two weeks ago because Ryan’s Lane negotiations weren’t complete.

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


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