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Planner: Costs of ‘new town’ homes not yet known

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Sixty percent of the traffic from the proposed Yuba Highlands development would head towards Wheatland and Highway 65 – preferably through Beale Air Force Base on Spenceville Road, which currently is closed to traffic.

But there’s no saying, yet, exactly what a new home might cost in the proposed 5,100-home “new town” just outside Nevada County’s western border, with a projected population of 13,000.

Those were a couple points explained Monday night by the project’s planner, Richard Floch, who spoke to about 90 people at the Penn Valley Community Association’s monthly meeting.

Floch fleshed out some details about the project, but left many questions unanswered – because it is too early to give all the specifics, he said.

Such as the route for southbound traffic.

“We believe that a majority of the people who’ll buy and live in this project may be oriented to the Highway 65 corridor in Lincoln and Roseville,” Floch said.

Floch said the project’s developer, Gary Gallelli, hopes to get permission from Beale to reopen Spenceville Road through the Air Force base, which would provide the most direct southbound route.

Failing that, the developer may pave Waldo Road. Or, there’s been very preliminary talks with the California Department of Fish and Game about creating a new road that would skirt the state’s Spenceville Wildlife Area.

Floch predicted only 20 percent of the development’s traffic would head toward Grass Valley/Nevada City, and 20 percent would head downhill to Linda.

One woman asked, “when you talk about affordable housing for our kids … what is the price range?”

Floch couldn’t exactly say, but said prices would compare favorably to Nevada County, explaining you would get the “same kind of home (here) on the same lot for less money.”

Some other points: the project’s water would come from wells in the Yuba Goldfields, which Floch said wouldn’t affect Yuba River levels; the project would have two elementary schools and a middle school in the Wheatland school district; Floch predicted construction could start in 3 to 5 years with full build-out in 8 to 10 years; the public golf course could possibly have 27 or 36 holes and would be watered with treated wastewater from the project’s sewage treatment plant.

A draft environmental impact report is due out soon and will be open for 45 days for public comment, Floch said.

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