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Ridge Meadows debate to wait

In a month, Grass Valley City Council members said they hope to have resolved traffic access concerns related to Ridge Meadows, a proposed 49-residence development off of Ridge Road.

On Tuesday, council members told the public they were excited about the prospect of the development for the single-family homes, but they needed an ironclad agreement opening up private road Upper Slate Creek as the project’s main access road.

“I really like this project,” Councilman Chauncey Poston said. But he, like other council members, said the city needs to be diligent to address all concerns before allowing the project to proceed.



An easement agreement with the owner of the private road could come in the next couple weeks, property owner and developer Richard Kerr said after conferring with Upper Slate Creek Road’s owner.

Councilman Dan Miller said he wanted both Upper Slate Creek Road and Ryan’s Lane opened for public access. But the rest of the council disagreed with Miller, instead preferring that Ryan’s Lane be kept private and potentially include a pedestrian walkway.




The public hearing and consideration of the project will be continued at the April 24 council meeting.

At press time, council members had yet to discuss a plan to develop 121 acres just south of McKnight Way into 120 residences.

A San Diego-based development firm, Asset Property Management, wants to construct the homes and a winery/vineyard on Berriman Ranch, at Taylorville Road and Picadilly Lane.

The land, while in the city’s sphere of influence, currently rests in the unincorporated area.

In a staff report, city officials mentioned several concerns about the project’s “intensity,” citing worries about its compatability with the city’s General Plan and effect on traffic.

An independent waste-water treatment plant also has city officials concerned about the development the city envisions annexing between 2016 and 2020.

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


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