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Penn Valley meeting on huge neighbor

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How would Penn Valley be affected by a proposed Yuba County “new town” development about 10 miles from Penn Valley’s doorstep, with a projected population that could be larger than Grass Valley’s?

This will be the topic for discussion Monday night when the Penn Valley Community Association holds a meeting about Yuba Highlands, a proposed 13,000-resident, 5,100-home development with commercial establishments and a golf course on 2,900 acres of pasture located northeast of Beale Air Force Base.

“We’re just neighbors across the border from the proposed project and we figure it’ll have a pretty big effect on our community,” said community association president Janet Crain.

The Penn Valley Community Association is neutral on the proposed development.

The group hasn’t taken a position and probably won’t, Crain said. The association has taken stances before – both pro and con – on developments in Penn Valley. But Yuba Highlands is outside the group’s sphere of influence, she said.

“We don’t have any ax to grind over this project – not yet,” Crain said. “Some of the effects will be positive and some will be negative,” she said. “The traffic could be an example of, most likely, a negative effect. But then there will be more business for area businesses.”

“We just want to know what’s going on,” she said.

The community group invited two speakers: Yuba Highlands developer Gary Gallelli and his planning consultant Richard Floch.

The project’s draft environmental impact report is expected to be ready in March or April, said Pete Calarco, assistant director of Yuba County’s community development department.

Gallelli said construction could begin in five years.


WHAT: Yuba Highlands meeting

WHEN: 7 p.m., Monday

WHERE: Penn Valley fire hall, corner of Spenceville Road and Penn Valley Drive

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