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GV planners OK ordinance on condominiums

Anyone owning an apartment complex in Grass Valley may soon be required to upgrade the property before the apartment units can be sold as condominiums.

The Grass Valley Planning Commission unanimously approved a proposed ordinance Tuesday to regulate the conversion of apartments into condominiums. The ordinance is expected to come before the City Council later this winter. Similar ordinances exist in other cities, including San Luis Obispo.

Under the proposed rules, property owners may have to make sure their properties comply with the American with Disabilities Act and fire safety standards, and provide enough parking, landscaping and other amenities.

The conversions would be allowed as long at the city continues to provide enough housing for its low- and very-low-income residents, as required by state law. Grass Valley now provides its fair share of affordable housing, city officials have said repeatedly.

In another matter, the Planning Commission approved plans to build new self-storage units along the Golden Center Freeway.

The Planning Commission voted 4-1 to allow Stephen DeSena of Nevada City to build 78,755 square feet of self-storage on 6.61 acres on Springhill Drive.

Commissioner Lisa Swarthout voted against the project, objecting to a proposed 50-foot-tall decorative water tower.

But Commissioner Dale White said he likes the tower. “It draws your eye away from other projects (in that area) that are not as pleasing as this one,” he said after the vote.

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