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GV Council to consider zoning changes

Zoning around the intersection of East Main Street and Idaho-Maryland Road could be relaxed by City Council members tonight.

Among the council’s agenda items is a public hearing to consider amending the Grass Valley Development Code for the area surrounding the roundabout, as recommended by the Planning Commission at a prior meeting.

The proposed changes would revert some commercial zones to prior designations and include amendments required by the city’s Housing Element, said City Administrator Daniel Holler.

“There are less restrictions, (taking zoning) back to the early 2000s,” Holler said.

The proposed changes stem from a recent economic study and comments from property owners, he added.

But the proposal would reverse an extensive public process that created codes to encourage a more attractive and walkable community, said Steve Enos, a former city councilman and community activist leading Grass Valley Neighbors.

“The city is taking a couple of big steps backwards,” Enos said. “Why did they spend all that money and time (on public workshops and studies)? The idea (for the existing code) was sound and supported by almost everybody, so the question is, why change it and who is behind this?”

Some of the suggested changes would allow drive-throughs for banks and pharmacies, but bar them for restaurants. The changes also would require commercial storage to be screened from the public right of way.

The Pardini family have previously proposed

In 2008, a Longs Drugs with a pharmacy drive-through was proposed for the former Hills Flat Lumber Co. property at the intersection, according to The Union archives; the land is owned by the Pardini family, owners of the new Hills Flat Lumber Co. store on nearby Railroad Ave.

To contact Staff Writer Greyson Howard, e-mail ghoward@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4237.

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