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Planners to review guidelines

Builders and property owners could soon have a new set of design guidelines to better understand what is acceptable in Grass Valley.

The document, which the Grass Valley Planning Commission will review tonight, would replace an earlier proposal set aside in the fall after some planning commissioners and citizens said it needed more work.



The design guidelines describe what future commercial, office, industrial and residential projects within the city limits ought to look like.




The latest draft includes a new set of photos that feature buildings, streets, fence, landscaping, signs, roofs and windows appropriate for Grass Valley.

Once approved by the City Council, the guidelines would replace a document approved in 1994.

The latest draft includes good examples of what the city would like to see built, Nevada City-based architect Tony Rosas said Monday.

“I think it’s going to be really helpful,” added Rosas, a consulting member of the Grass Valley Development Review Committee, which reviews proposals and makes recommendations to the Planning Commission.

Dale White, vice chairman of the commission, is one of three commissioners who worked on the latest draft.

“It will give (applicants) guidance for almost any kind of application,” he said. “Altogether, I’m relatively satisfied.”

Barbara Bashall, executive director of the Nevada County Contractors Association, said the proposed guidelines give developers some sense of what the commission would like to see. In the long run, Bashall said, that should make the city approval process easier to go through and help developers save money.

RRM Design Group of Oakdale, the consultant the city hired in 2000 to update its 1994 guidelines, did not work on the latest proposal.

A more thorough document would have cost at least $60,000 – more than twice as much as the original $ 29,600 contract, RRM Design Group principal John Wilbanks said Monday.

Know and Go

WHAT: Grass Valley Planning Commission

WHEN: 7 p.m. tonight

WHERE: Council Chambers, City Hall, 125 E. Main St.

INFO: 274-4330


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