Farm Bureau against GV initiatives |

Farm Bureau against GV initiatives

Citing fears of disaster for the local economy, the Nevada County Farm Bureau has opposed the Limited Growth Initiative, Measure Y, which will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot for Grass Valley voters.

Measure Y offered by Mayor Mark Johnson, Dennis Cassella and Peggy Levine would limit the amount of housing units to 2,820 by 2020 and force votes on annexations and boundary changes.

The Farm Bureau had already come out in opposition to Measure Z, the Managed Growth Initiative from Grant Cattaneo’s Friends of Grass Valley, also slated for the Nov. 4 ballot.

Measure Z would cause a citywide vote on developments that seek changes in the city’s general plan land-use element.

“The initiatives would push economic growth from within the Grass Valley sphere of influence into the unincorporated areas,” a Farm Bureau statement said.

“This would encourage sprawl and place additional pressure on the conversion of farmland and rangeland for development, limiting open space.”

That could lead to economic disaster for Grass Valley, as services and purchase points could leave the city limits, the Farm Bureau said.

Cattaneo has denied any economic consequences, saying Measure Z would simply allow Grass Valley to remain a small town with votes on general plan amendments for growth.

Mayor Johnson doubts his Measure Y would create lawsuits against the city or developer costs to rise as detractors have said.

The Farm Bureau has been joined in their opposition to both initiatives by the county’s Economic Resource Council and at the Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce.

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