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Highlands discussion delayed

Voters in Yuba County will have to wait two weeks to find out if the Yuba Highlands housing project will appear on a February state ballot.

Supervisors want to meet with county counsel before making a decision and have postponed taking action on the ballot initiative until a 6 p.m. meeting on June 5.

The board rejected an appeal 3-2 on May 15 that said the environmental report for the 5,100-residence housing project near the county line didn’t adequately address traffic, water, sewer, air pollution and impacts to wildlife.



Chairman Hal Stocker, who represents the district where the project is proposed, brought the ballot idea to the board on Tuesday. He voted in the minority to uphold the appeal.

“It would be a crying shame if three elected supervisors approved something if the vast majority of voters are against something,” Stocker said.




An attorney for developer Gary Gallelli wants the supervisors to “do their duty,” Stocker said. Gallelli said the housing tract, which at build-out would house a population larger than Grass Valley, would create 9,700 jobs and generate $840 million for the county’s economy.

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To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail laurab@theunion.com or call 477-4231.


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