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Loma Rica environmental report goes to planning commission

The first public meeting on the environmental impacts of a major development planned on the eastern border of Grass Valley is set for Tuesday.

The draft environmental impact report, a document designed to assess the impacts on the environment, traffic, cultural resources and other items for Loma Rica Ranch will be the sole focus of the Planning Commission meeting at 7 p.m., Oct. 19, at City Hall, 125 E. Main St.

“We’ll take a complete overview of the key issues, and introduce the document to the Planning Commission and the public,” said Development Director Joe Heckel. “The purpose of the document is to forecast environmental issues and challenges of the project, and suggest mitigation.”



The 452-acre Loma Rica property at Sutton Way and Idaho-Maryland Road stretches across Brunswick Road, and could include 700 residential units, 54,000 square feet of commercial space, 364,151 square feet of business and industrial space and 314 acres of open space.

Planning commissioners won’t take action Tuesday and will continue the discussion to another meeting specific to Loma Rica on Oct. 25, Heckel said.




The public comment period on the draft document closes Nov. 15, he said.

Once complete, both the Planning Commission and City Council will review the document for adequacy, Heckel said, but approving the environmental review doesn’t mean the project is approved.

“We probably won’t get to final consideration until winter 2011,” Heckel said.

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


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