Plan to revamp GV design guidelines proceeds |

Plan to revamp GV design guidelines proceeds

Grass Valley’s new design guidelines could soon be available to anyone interested in building commercial, industrial and residential projects within the city limits.

The Planning Commission voted Tuesday to recommend the new guidelines to the City Council. The vote was 4-0, with Commissioner Dan Miller absent.

The City Council could consider the proposal at its next meeting Tuesday. If approved, the new guidelines would replace a document adopted in 1994.

Grass Valley officials started to update the design guidelines in 1998, saying the existing guidelines were old and inadequate.

The Planning Commission last fall considered approving a new set of guidelines, but decided the proposal needed more work. Some photos included in the draft document were not appropriate, because they showed development like that found in Roseville, critics said.

In another matter, the Planning Commission considered splitting a landlocked 0.82-acre lot slated for development off West Empire Street.

Lois L. Robinson of Grass Valley wants to subdivide the property into three irregularly shaped lots, accessible via a new private road. The shape of the proposed lots would not conform to city rules.

Some West Empire Street residents objected to the plan. The new road would be too close to their homes and the project would create too much traffic, they said.

The commissioners voted 3-1 to continue the hearing until March 19 to further study the project. Commissioner Gloria Hyde voted against the majority.

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