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Grass Valley Planning Commission OKs Tripp’s Auto Body relocation plan

The Grass Valley Planning Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved an application by the owners of Tripp’s Auto Body to relocate and expand.

The business offers vehicle repair and paint services. The Planning Commission decision allows the business to move from its existing location at 127 Stewart St., to a property on 600 Freeman Lane, which is in the Central Business District.

“Tripp’s Auto Body has been serving Grass Valley since 1954. Through the years, a lot has changed,” owners Darrol and Todd Tripp stated in a letter to the city. “We have over 15 employees and we are now looking to take that next step forward into a larger facility.”



Tripp’s Auto Body will share a 2.33-acre property with Liberty Motors. It will be close to Raley’s Shopping Center, which sits at the south of the property. Highway 49/20, located at the northwestern side of the property, is also within a short distance.

According to the staff report, the applicant has proposed to build a 10- by 40-foot portable office to the southeast of the property.




The relocation brings Tripp’s Auto Body Shop more in line with the city land use development code. The property where the business is located was rezoned Town Core-Historical Zone in 2007 when the city updated its development code. Auto body use was rendered non-conforming in the Town Core-Historical Zone, which means it could be phased out and could not be expanded, enlarged or intensified in any manner.

In comparison, auto repair and auto sales and rentals are categorized as permitted uses in the central business zone.

When reached by The Union on Thursday, Darrol Tripp said he is not ready to comment on the relocation, citing the pending property deal.

Community Development Developer Tom Last said the next step is for the applicant to submit a building permit.

“They will submit the building permit for the improvement of the building,” he said.

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please email tliu@theunion.com, or call 530-477-4236.


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