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Developers interested in Berriman Ranch

San Diego developers want to develop the Berriman Ranch, 121 acres just south of McKnight Way near Highway 49.

Fred Oliver and Sandy Kahn of Asset Property Management Inc. want to build 120 residences on the farm at Taylorville Road and Picadilly Lane. Their preliminary map shows housing ranging from small and compact to spread out and spacious.

The map also designates an area for a winery/vineyard.



The project, adjacent to the Kmart shopping center, would bring traffic through the Carriage House and Gazebos residential areas, according to a Grass Valley city staff report on the project.

An eventual connection to Crestview Drive, which intersects Highway 49, also is proposed.




The property is in Nevada County. But Grass Valley City Council members will consider how to respond to the development proposal at their regular meeting tonight because it falls within the city’s sphere of influence.

The developer wants the city to give up its interest in the property so development can continue right away under county standards.

The city’s stated goal is to annex the property between 2016 and 2020. Yet city planning officials have said they have numerous concerns about what they’ve heard of the plan.

In his staff report, Grass Valley Community Development Director Joe Heckel said the city is concerned about the intensity of the development.

“The city would be concerned as to its intensity, compatibility with the city’s 2020 General Plan, traffic and connectivity of surrounding properties,” Heckel wrote.

Heckel suggested “a lesser level of development” could be more appropriate.

County zoning would allow up to 246 residences and 50,000 square feet of commercial space.

Asset Property Management also is interested in an independent waste-water treatment plant, but Heckel wrote this could set a bad precedent and suggested the development be connected to the city’s sewer treatment plant.

Asset Property is listed as both the owner and the applicant on city records.

The Grass Valley City Council meets at 7 p.m. today in the City Council chambers at 125 East Main St. The agenda and staff report are available on the Web at http://www.cityofgrassvalley.com and at City Hall.

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


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