Public hearing set for growth issues |

Public hearing set for growth issues

How should Grass Valley grow in the next 14 years, and how should housing, jobs and traffic be balanced?

With developers seeking approval for four large housing projects at the edges of town, city leaders are taking a new look at what residents think is important about the way in which the city grows.

City Council members will hold a special meeting and public hearing on the topic starting at 5:30 p.m. June 1 at City Hall, 125 E. Main St.

Their basic document is the city’s 2020 general plan, which sets out guidelines for how land will be used, how fast it will be developed and when bordering areas can be annexed for more development. The general plan, plus other surveys and studies that council members are weighing as they consider the city’s future direction, are available at City Hall and on the city Web site,

Some of the questions before the council and the public are:

• Should Grass Valley remain an economic hub?

• What land use priorities are important in the future?

• Should the city grow according to the 2020 general plan?

• Where should growth happen within the city and nearby areas in the county?

• How should the four areas in question, currently proposed for housing or mixed-use zones, be developed in the next 14 years?

Those questions embrace thorny issues of traffic, affordable housing, the proportion of jobs to housing, infill versus annexation development, land use mix and the timing of proposed annexations.


To contact staff writer Trina Kleist, e-mail or call 477-4231.

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