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Planners may OK housing project

A key step toward potential approval of a unique housing project at Freeman Lane and West McKnight Way is up for discussion tonight.

The Grass Valley Planning Commission will consider a General Plan change from commercial development to high-density residential and the tentative subdivision map for the collaborative housing community.

Called cohousing for short, it is a collaborative process in which people get together to design their housing complex with a walkable, anti-sprawl neighborhood design. Residents decide what amenities they want, such as a swimming pool or music room, and then manage and maintain the facilities themselves.



Building clusters totaling 70 homes would have a mix of young families, single residents and middle-aged and older citizens, according to the project’s Nevada City based developer, CoHousing Partners.

The collaborative housing project has been the source of some controversy.




Concerns that the colors of the houses may be too bright and the area development may be too heavily populated for such a small area – 8.26 acres – have cropped up.

Developers said those issues have been addressed as the colors have been muted and various parking restrictions added to the latest proposal.

If the Planning Commission recommends project approval tonight, the City Council could consider final approval at a meeting in the next 30 to 60 days, Community Development Director Joe Heckel said.

In other business, commissioners are expected to select a new chairperson and vice chairperson.

Also, developers for 30 residential lots on nearly 2.3 acres behind 130 Berryhill Drive are seeking a one-year extension of their development review application

The planning commission meets at 7 p.m. today in council chambers at City Hall.

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


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