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Northstar on table for city

Grass Valley officials next week will scrutinize the Northstar housing project Oregon developer Sandy Sanderson proposed for how closely it sticks to city goals for lower-end housing, open space, technological infrastructure and other public amenities.

Sanderson has proposed building thousands of houses at different price levels on the former gold mine property on Allison Ranch Road south of Grass Valley.

But development guidelines council members adopted last summer forced Sanderson and developers of three other large projects to reconsider their proposals.



Affordable housing and looking for a permanent city administrator also are set for discussion at Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Grass Valley City Council.

Programs designed to add low-income residences to the city’s housing supply haven’t worked well enough, and more affordable housing needs to be built, Mayor Mark Johnson said Friday. A couple council members are expected to be picked to study the issue more closely, Johnson said.




Council members also are expected to select a search firm to pick a new city administrator. Council members fired former City Administrator Gene Haroldsen on Feb. 6.

Former Yuba City Manager Jeff Foltz is serving as Grass Valley’s interim leader until a permanent replacement is picked. Council members said they expect a permanent replacement could be chosen by late summer or early fall.

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

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


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