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GV City Council to consider adding overlay rezone in the Spring Hill Village property

The City Council of Grass Valley on Tuesday made a motion to continue the discussion to rezone the Spring Hill Village from Neighborhood Center to Central Business Zone District at the next city council meeting.

The 2.52-acre property is anchored by Sierra Cinema, which was rendered non-conforming when the land was re-designated under the Neighborhood Center Zone in 2007 when the city updated its Comprehensive Development Code. The use of the theater was “illegalized,” which means its use is not permitted or conditionally permitted in the current zoning.

Having the property under the Neighborhood Center Zone also restricts the commercial uses of Spring Hill Village.



Spring Hill Village is located at 840 East Main St. Saadeh and Nanci Hattars owns the property. Besides Sierra Cinema, Comcast and Rico’s Tacos are also tenants of the shopping center.

The city council voted 5-0 to extend the review of the application. City council members were mainly concerned about the possibility of having a drive-through in the area. They also wanted staff to integrate the overlay zone in the property.




Council member Lisa Swarthout said the reason the city put the shopping center under the Neighborhood Center was to prevent the installation of a drive-through.

“My intent has not changed. I don’t want to have a drive-through there,” said Swarthout. “I support legalizing the theater but I don’t know how you would do that without allowing a drive-through.”

Vice Mayor Howard Levine said he doesn’t see the need for a zoning change at this point.

“There is no project, there is no necessary need for a change of zoning at this time,” said Levine, “because the theater is not expanding right now.”

Though the Hattars were not present in the meeting, their interests were represented by Tyson Tucker, a senior associate from Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty.

“If the building were to burn down, it would take a year to rebuild it,” said Tucker. “The use of the theater would expire.”

Tucker added that a huge part of the application is to put a protection between the owner and the tenants in case something like this were to happen.

The city council also discussed the possibility of applying an overlay zone to the property in question. The overlay zone would “add certain restrictions or provide specific development standards on certain land uses,” according to city documents.

The rezoning application was first brought up during an Oct. 20 Planning Commission meeting.

In other business, the city council approved three resolutions prepared by the city’s engineering department as a part of a grant application package to seek funding from the State Water Resources Control Board.

The grant will be used to finance the Collection Improvement Project that includes a relining of the existing sewer system. A goal of the project is to resolve the infiltration and inflow issues through the city’s sewer collection system, according to the city documents.

During the meeting, the city council officially proclaimed November 2015 as National Hospice Palliative Care Month.

Hospice and palliative care is an interdisciplinary treatment plan that targets patients facing life-limiting illnesses or end-of-life situations by addressing their emotional and spiritual needs.

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


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