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DeMartini’s plans shot down, appeal anticipated

Greg Moberly

Tim DeMartini’s plans for a new business selling modular houses at Idaho-Maryland Road and Railroad Avenue were shot down because of concerns about the impact on Wolf Creek, site grading and the location of parking.

But DeMartini said Wednesday he will appeal soon to the Grass Valley City Council, adding he was frustrated by city Planning Commission’s rejection of his proposal late Tuesday.

DeMartini proposed setting four manufactured cabins, with one used as the 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.

Commissioners unanimously rejected his proposal, but offered no consensus about what DeMartini could do to earn future approval, said city Community Development Director Joe Heckel.

Planning commissioners couldn’t agree on what protections they would require for Wolf Creek, Heckel said.

Planning officials want a part of DeMartini’s property for the proposed Wolf Creek Parkway. DeMartini is balking, saying handing the land the city seeks would represent one-third the value of his land.

“You can’t even build on your own land,” DeMartini said.

He spent $600,000 to purchase the land, and the developer spent $12,000 to “get nowhere” with the project, DeMartini said.

As before, DeMartini called the city’s demands with the parkway an “illegal taking” prohibited by the United States Constitution.

DeMartini has 15 days to appeal the commission’s decision.


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

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