How to keep it a charming little town
Senior Staff Writer
Managing the growth of Grass Valley, both to keep it charming as well as provide an adequate infrastructure, is expected to dominate tonight’s City Council meeting.
A sharp increase in traffic mitigation fees will be pondered by the council to help pay for the long-planned Dorsey Drive interchange, along with a host of other road projects pushed by expected growth and increased traffic.
Council members also are slated to select a consultant to begin compiling data for an ordinance to ensure the city’s historic district keeps its flavor.
The meeting is at City Hall Council Chambers, 125 East Main St., at 7 p.m.
Developers now are paying $1,783 in city traffic fees for a typical single-family home. The new fee schedule would push that fee to $6,320, effective on Aug. 1.
The county already has raised its fee to developers for a typical single-family home to a rate of $5,761 per home on a range of fees that previously were based on geographic districts.
The county fees are increasing more dramatically in some cases. In the Banner Mountain region, for example, developers will see the fee go from $706 per home to the $5,761 figure – a more than eight-fold increase.
Some home builders and prospective homeowners have complained about the county’s sharp increases. Supervisor Sue Horne voted against them, calling them ill-timed because of the economic downturn.
Grass Valley’s historical preservation ordinance also is needed to help manage growth.
“There hasn’t been any criteria written” for a new historical preservation ordinance covering the city’s original 370 acres, according to city planner Dan Chance.
The work will be performed by the consultant and the city as they gather information for an ordinance, Chance said.
Tonight’s action would only pay $25,000 for an initial report and historical survey of the area.
The work could be performed by a firm called Historic Resource Associates that has done similar work for the towns of Mariposa, Tulare and Fresno and has been recommended by the city’s Historical Subcommittee.
The ordinance and historic guidelines part of the project would cost another $15,000 and would only be spent when the city has it, according to a staff report written by Chance and Joe Heckel, the city’s Community Development director.
Looking farther into the future, the council will also discuss various ideas for sound walls, retaining walls and bridge railings for the Dorsey Drive interchange.
Another discussion will be held on coping with sewer odors in the Morgan Ranch and Slate Creek areas.
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