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Property owner of Berriman Ranch Project to sell 30-home subdivision to developer

Teresa Yinmeng Liu
Staff Writer

The Grass Valley Planning Commission is set to convene Tuesday to review a proposal by the Berriman Ranch project property owner to divide a 32-acre lot into four parts, a move that will facilitate the selling of a 8.94-acre lot containing 30 new home sites to a new developer, officials said.

The meeting is slated to begin at 7 p.m. in the Grass Valley Council Chambers at 125 E. Main St.

"It's being done so they can sell the first parcel," said Community Development Director Tom Last.

Last said the proposed tentative parcel map will split the property, which is located on the southern edge of Grass Valley, along zoning boundaries. The map will create a "parcel" to surround the 30 single-family residential lot, which was approved along with the 121-acre development by the City Council in 2010.

"It is pretty common; they are the property owner, they are not the developer," Last said.

San Diego-based Asset Property Management, Inc. is listed on the City Council agenda as the project owner.

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According to project representative Rob Wood, a principal planner with SCO Planning and Engineering, Inc., the company has already made a deal with Homes by Towne to develop the residential lot.

"He (the owner) wanted either to do a joint venture with a home building company, or sell it to a home builder," Wood said. "Homes by Towne is a home builder who has done successful projects in the area."

Homes by Towne has offices in several states, and its California office is in Rancho Cordova.

The Berriman Ranch Project, approved unanimously by the council in 2010, is located to the west of Taylorville Road and east of the Gazebos and the Carriage House residential projects. The 30-lot parcel is situated at the northwestern corner of the property.

The proximity of the project to the Carriage House community raised concern from residents that the project would add traffic to the area. The property is zoned for R-1 (single residential), R-2 (two-family residential), open space and (C-2) central business. The owner will pursue development for the rest of the site, Wood said.

Also on Tuesday, Planning Commissioners will review details of a development agreement for the Loma Rica Ranch Specific Plan. Last said the discussion will flesh out details to the pre-annexation development agreement for the first phase of the project, which might include road improvement, and infrastructure on the trail.

The 452-acre property, annexed by the city in 2013, is east of Sutton Way and north of Loma Rica Drive,

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