Counter initiative makes ballot |

Counter initiative makes ballot

A second initiative dealing with growth in Grass Valley has qualified for the November ballot, city officials said Wednesday.

The Nevada County Elections Office verified 813 signatures out of the 1,100 that were collected and notified the city on Wednesday, City Clerk Kristi Bashor said.

The measure – known as the “Urban Growth Boundary, Fiscal Assurance and Residential Development Limitation Initiative” – needed at least 627 verified signatures to make the ballot, Bashor added.

The second growth initiative follows the city’s general plan for growth through 2020, the year the state-required plan is set to expire. It includes a test of financial soundness for new developments and limits new residential growth beyond what is identified in the plan.

It is supported by Mayor Mark Johnson, former city Councilman Steve Enos, city Historic Commission member Peggy Levine, Loma Rica developer Phil Carville and others. They offered it as an alternative to the Managed Growth Initiative, which already qualified for the November ballot.

The Managed Growth Initiative, supported by a coalition of Citizens Concerned About Traffic and the Rural Quality Coalition, would lock in place the city’s land-use plan until 2038.

Projects that propose denser development or more intensive use would require a vote of the people instead of letting the projects go through normal city channels for acceptance or rejection.

Friends of Grass Valley, the coalition supporting the Managed Growth Initiative, said: “This new counter-initiative is designed to benefit a few large developers … It supports ‘business as usual.'”

With most developments requiring some change to the land-use plan, the Managed Growth Initiative is likely to push developers to take their projects into the county rather than spend money on an election, city officials have said.

City Editor Trina Kleist contributed to this report. To contact Staff Writer Pat Butler, e-mail or call 477-4239.

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