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LWW to ponder its vision for the future

Nearly 35 years after it began accepting residents, Lake Wildwood and its members are developing the first-ever master plan for the gated community.

The homeowners’ association recently contracted with Grass Valley-based Images Design Groupe architects to survey residents’ needs for upgrades and modifications for the 2,200-acre Penn Valley development.



“We want to give them a look into the future and find out the best way to do that,” said principal architect Robert Walker, whose firm will be mailing questionnaires to residents and knocking on doors to gauge opinion about how the complex should grow.




The firm will be taking demographic studies and aerial photos and culling public opinion before presenting their findings to Wildwood’s association. Walker said he hopes to present a report to the group by spring’s end.

“We’ve had a lot of suggestions, a lot of ideas about how to improve where we live. It’s time to get a professional look at the place,” LWW General Manager Bill Haushalter said.

While no specific changes have been requested by either the association or the architects, Walker and Marguerite Leipzig, board president, said a few suggestions have been made, including increased meeting space, an indoor swimming pool, an expanded exercise area and senior housing.

“We haven’t added anything or improved anything in the past 30 years,” Leipzig said. “I think it’s always wise to have someone from the outside come in and see what our needs are.”

Leipzig said she doesn’t foresee many wholesale changes or major additions to the 5,000-person community, despite there having been very little added to the complex in three decades.

Only 170 lots are left in Lake Wildwood, she said, and the combination of a complex set of homeowner’s association laws and a limited budget for new facilities means residents won’t see immediate changes on what little available land the association owns.

“I would hope that we would see changes over time … We’re very frugal people,” Leipzig said.

Any changes or additions would have to be approved by a majority of the eight-member board.

Images Design Groupe has designed such local projects as the Grass Valley police station and is the principal designer of Mulcahy Field, a proposed 13-acre park off Alta Street near downtown.


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