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Loma Rica: Foreseeable impacts

While the environmental impact report isn’t complete, Grass Valley city officials already anticipate impacts from the Loma Rica Ranch project on wildlife, traffic in the area and air quality.

Work on the report has revealed habitat on the property that could support endangered species, but specific surveys would be required as the development moves forward, city Planning Director Tom Last said.

“Development may not occur for seven, eight or 20 years from now, so species may not be there one year but could move in later,” Last said.

The additional residents in Loma Rica would mean more cars, impacting intersections in the area including those at Idaho-Maryland and Brunswick roads, requiring some type of improvement, Last said.

In the past, the city has acknowledged any large development also would affect air quality, he added.

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