Grass Valley DRC OKs new corporation yard on La Barr Meadows Road |

Grass Valley DRC OKs new corporation yard on La Barr Meadows Road

The City of Grass Valley Development Review Committee approved an application Tuesday by the Nevada County Facilities Management to build a new corporation yard at 12350 La Barr Meadows Road, clearing the way for the project to continue to Nevada County for additional reviews.

“The old building at the airport needs an upgrade and a remodel,” said Tom Coburn, facilities program manager of the Nevada County Information and General Services Department. “We chose to relocate to the new site because the location grants it low visibility to Highway 49 and the public. We do have noise issues sometimes when we plow snow. We want to make sure it’s not an issue for our neighbors.”

The existing county corporation yard is located in Loma Rica Industrial Park. The proposed site is nestled in the intersection between La Bar Meadows Road and Highway 49, where it would be built on a slope above the highway.

The topography, location and existing trees in the area would make the building invisible to traffic traveling on the freeway and La Barr Meadows Road, officials said.

The Nevada County Facilities Management is required to submit a conceptual application for the city to review because the project is within the Grass Valley’s sphere of influence. The project will then go to the county for further feedback.

“Our desire is to get through our use permit process with the county, and spend eight months in architectural design, and then we will begin working on the property sometime in 2016 or 2017,” said Coburn.

During an hour-long meeting with the applicant, committee members suggested that the applicant consider the city’s plan to augment La Barr Meadows Road in the design process.

“The city will widen drainage from La Barr Meadows Road. The driveway connection to La Barr Meadows should be designed with the future in mind,” said Deputy Director of Public Works Trisha Tillotson.

Coburn said the plan calls to widen the parts of the two-lane road on La Barr Meadows Road to three lanes, with one to accommodate large trucks entering the property.

The building on the 39.08-acre property will stock heavy equipment, supplies and materials used by the county during snow removal. Some key features of the projects are: a two-storied structure, several smaller sheds, a paved road connecting to La Barr Meadows Road.

Coburn said emergency operation units are also considered as part of the plan.

Coburn said the entire project costs about $10 million. SCO Planning and Engineering, Inc. is contracted to provide planning and construction overview for the site.

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, call 530-477-5236 or email

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