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Housing project up for approval

Plans for Ridge Meadows, a 50-residence development off Ridge Road, go before the Grass Valley City Council for approval tonight – but one bump could delay final consideration.

Upper Slate Creek Road is proposed as the main entrance and exit for the planned single-family housing development, but the road is privately owned. The city, the road’s owner and the developer of the 9.2-acre parcel on the south side of Ridge Road still are trying to hammer out a deal for the road, according to a city staff report.

“They are getting there,” said Joe Heckel, the city’s community development director.



The road’s owner, Robert Sauer, is expected at tonight’s meeting to update progress toward an agreement, said developer Richard Kerr. Kerr wouldn’t say whether a deal is imminent.

If the project ultimately is approved, it would mean nearly 100 new homes in the same area on busy Ridge Road. Ridge Village, which is on the north side of Ridge Road on a 10.6-acre plot near the Hughes Road intersection, was approved earlier this year.




Traffic concerns

Traffic remains the biggest concern for the area.

Kerr originally had proposed using Ryan’s Lane, now a dirt road, to access his Ridge Meadows project. But the access road for the Ridge Village project is Slate Creek Road.

Last year, City Council members insisted the access roads for the two projects be at a single intersection.

Earlier this year, council members said Upper Slate Creek Road was the best option for accessing Kerr’s project. Ryan’s Lane should remain as a neighborhood street, most council members agreed at that time.

Leaving Ryan’s Lane as a neighborhood street means adding one more home to the project, city officials said.

Ridge Meadow’s earlier incarnation was a 120-residence development called Berg Heights, but the city’s planning commission rejected that plan.

In other business, the council is expected to extend a trial period allowing dogs at Condon Park. Late last year, council members OK’d dogs at the park through June 30. The new extension could last through this year.

The council meets at 7 p.m. at Grass Valley City Hall, 125 East Main St.

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To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail gregm@theunion.com or call 477-4234.


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