Schedule out for Dorsey Marketplace meeting times
A list of important dates city staff released for the review process:
February 9, 2016: The City Council will consider approval of a contract with a consultant to prepare the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), and a Reimbursement Agreement with the applicant to pay for the EIR and application processing.
February 16 to March 17, 2016: Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an EIR. This is the City’s notification to public agencies and public that we are preparing an EIR.
March 1, 2016: Potential Joint City Council and Planning Commission meeting to review the project. This is a general information public meeting to discuss: 1) the applications; 2) the review process; 3) meetings with Development Review Committee (DRC), Planning Commission and City Council; 4) the environmental review process; and 5) the opportunities for public participation.
March 2, 2016: NOP Scoping meeting. There will be one meeting held for public agencies, and an early evening meeting for the general public.
Mid-March: An applicant sponsored open house with the location, date and time to be confirmed at the February 9th City Council meeting. Though applicant sponsored, City Staff, the Mayor, and other Council members may attend.
April 12 or 26, 2016: Preliminary DRC meeting to review the proposed architecture and project design elements. Additional meeting could follow.
July 7 to September 9, 2016: Estimated 45 day review period for the Draft EIR.
August 8, 2016: Public hearing with the Planning Commission on the Draft EIR. Staff and the EIR consultants will review the conclusions in the DEIR. The public can provide comments and ask questions.
September 13 or 27, 2016: Potential first formal DRC meetings to provide recommendations on the project to the Planning Commission. Multiple meetings may occur.
November 15, 2016: Potential Planning Commission public hearing on the project applications. Multiple meeting may occur.
January 2017: Potential first date for the City Council public hearings on the project and EIR.
Grass Valley city staff on Friday released a schedule that highlights the anticipated steps for the proposed Dorsey Marketplace project. Public meeting dates have also been scheduled for residents to review and discuss the multi-use development.
According to Community Development Director Tom Last, staff has proposed that the City Council and the Planning Commission hold a joint forum on March 1, the first community discussion on the project.
“That’s what we are proposing to the council,” said Last. “We will find out on Feb. 9 whether this will happen.”
The meeting will be an opportunity for residents to express their opinions on the application and ask questions about the review process, Last said.
Russell Jeter, owner of a 26.9-acre site near Dorsey Interchange, re-submitted a plan on Dec. 9 to develop the property into a commercial, residential and community center.
The news incited mixed reactions from the community and initiated a passionate debate on social media, with some residents concerned the project would “Roseville Nevada County.”
Jeter envisions a 90-unit complex that offers one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, as well as a community dog park on the site. He has allocated 181,900 square feet of space to retail and commercial services.
Jeter’s application reveals plans to build three drive-through restaurants at Dorsey Marketplace, but Last said the developer has yet to disclose further details about potential tenants.
“The city is interested in knowing this as soon as possible,” said Last, “but as far as I know, they don’t have anybody committed to go there.”
The city review process begins with the Environmental Impact Report, or EIR, which is a disclosure document that addresses the potential environmental effects to the area if the city approves Jeter’s application.
Last said staff has selected Dudek, an environmental consulting firm based in San Diego, to conduct the EIR. Dudek has offices in multiple locations in California, including one in Auburn.
The EIR will assess the impact of the project on issues such as traffic and air quality, as well as on cultural resources. The whole assessment is expected to cost $277,967, an amount that is reimbursed by the applicant.
Last said the applicant will pay the fee in six installations. The first installation amounts to $60,000 and is due on Feb. 9, when the mayor signs the agreement with Dudek to complete the environmental report. In addition to the EIR cost, the developer will pay regular stipends to the city to compensate the staff time and cost involved in processing the application.
The city received $5,000 in December from Jeter when the project was first submitted. According to Last, the applicant is expected to allocate another $10,000 to the city next Tuesday along with the EIR payment.
Last said the estimated cost for the staff to process the entire application is $78,000. That money will be paid by the applicant and will go toward the General Fund.
The environment review is expected to take eight months to complete.
On March 2, the day after the first planned public forum, city staff will gather with staff from public agencies, such as NID, Caltrans and the school districts, to discuss issues they want to include in the EIR.
Officials will organize a meeting for the residents to take part in the EIR discussion that night.
In addition to the public forum hosted by the city, Jeter will hold an open house in the middle of March. The date, time and location of this gathering will be confirmed during the Feb. 9 City Council meeting.
Staff anticipates that the project will not come before the Development Review Committee, the first step in the review procedure, until the middle or end of April.
City officials are also not expected to take any actions on the applications until early 2017.
Last said the meeting dates outlined by staff are preliminary and could change as the review process unfolds.
To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please call 530-477-4236, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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