Grass Valley City Council to talk rezoning of Spring Hill Village |

Grass Valley City Council to talk rezoning of Spring Hill Village

The Grass Valley City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday to vote on a proposal to rezone Spring Hill Village near downtown Grass Valley from Neighborhood Center to the Central Business Zone District.

Representatives of the shopping center said a main reason for the rezone application was to legalize Sierra Cinemas. The operation of the movie theater became non-conforming when the city updated its Comprehensive Development Code in 2007, which resulted in the property being designated to the Neighborhood Center district.

The applicant presented their proposal to the Grass Valley Planning Commission during a meeting on Oct. 20. The commission voted 3-2 to recommend the city council to adopt the application.

City officials closely discussed the potential uses of the currently vacant area of the shopping center.

Commissioner Jacqueline Hawkins raised concern about the possibility of developing a drive-through on the property, noting problem of traffic congestion in a busy area.

According to city documents, for a drive-through facility to be built on the property, the developer of the site would need to obtain a Development Review permit and a Use permit from the Planning Commission.

Commissioners also pointed out that the site provides an additional parking space for traffic over-flow at Sierra Cinemas.

Saadeh and Nanci Hattar own the Spring Hill Village, which is located at 840 East Main St. Sierra Cinemas anchors the 2.52-acre community and retail center; Comcast and Rico’s Tacos are also among the tenants of the property.

Rezoning the property to Central Business District will allow the Hattars to expand the land’s commercial uses.

Furthermore, the applicants argued that having the property in Neighborhood Center added a lot of restrictions. For example, once a non-conforming property is abandoned for over a year, its use permit would be revoked.

In other businesses, the city council will also vote on a second reading of an ordinance establishing the positions of the director and assistant director of emergency service in Grass Valley.

On Oct. 13, the city council heard a proposed ordinance by staff to appoint the city manager as the director of emergency services, a position that has been filled by the police chief in the past. Under the proposed ordinance, the city manager will also have the authority to choose the assistant director, if needed, from these positions: police chief, fire chief, director of public works, community development director, and financial director.

On Tuesday, the city council will also start the bidding process for the 2015 Sewer Lateral Repair/Replacement Program. The program was proposed by the Engineering Department to reduce infiltration and inflow in the city’s collection system.

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To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please call 530-477-4236, or email

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