Creek no setback for DeMartini project |

Creek no setback for DeMartini project

Businessman Tim DeMartini can build his commercial development to sell modular homes at Idaho-Maryland Road and Railroad Avenue – with minimal setbacks from Wolf Creek.

Grass Valley has no standards requiring builders how far back from a creekbank they must set their buildings and parking lots.

On Tuesday, City Council members accepted DeMartini’s project and required that he place his buildings at least five to 15 feet from the creek.

His plan calls for 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.

DeMartini had appealed last month’s Planning Commission decision to reject his project. He also objected to a city proposal that he give part of the land back to the city to make room for the Wolf Creek Parkway.

The parkway, a future trail system along the creek sought by city leaders and outdoor enthusiasts, potentially could go through his property, but that wasn’t part of Tuesday night’s decision, Mayor Mark Johnson said.

During May’s Planning Commission meeting, commissioners cited concerns about the project’s impact on Wolf Creek, site grading and parking locations, but council members focused mostly on the setbacks Tuesday.

Council members agonized that they had no setback standard for DeMartini’s project or any other proposal near a waterway.

“The city is caught with its pants down on how to deal with setbacks,” said Councilman Chauncey Poston.

But Poston and his fellow council members ultimately agreed to a setback matching the creek’s 100-year flood plain.


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

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