Town hall meeting set for Dollar General in Alta Sierra
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What: Town Hall meeting to answer questions, offer updates
When: 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 30
Where: Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley
General Info: See Alta Sierra Property Owners Association website
http://www.aspoa.org, click on “public notices.”
Developers of a proposed Dollar General store in Alta Sierra have set a town hall meeting later this month to answer questions and offer plan updates.
“We want to provide an informational meeting to address residents’ concerns,” said Joshua Simon, of Simon Commercial Real Estate, which is located in Scottsdale, Ariz. “We also want to offer updates on the plan, based on residents’ input.”
The town hall meeting will be 6:30 p.m. March 30, at Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley.
In particular, Simon said there will be a presentation on a new store site design that removes any access to or from Little Valley Road. Plans presented at last week’s contentious hearing before Nevada County Zoning Hearing Administrator Brian Foss had included Little Valley Road as a secondary entrance for emergency vehicles and deliveries.
The main entrance to the proposed 9,100-square-foot store is at 10166 Alta Sierra Drive.
At the March 11 hearing, Foss asked for the Little Valley Road access to be eliminated from the plan. He said removing the entrance would improve traffic safety, reduce the need for excess grading and possibly save some of the 63 trees slated for removal.
In order to allow time to make the changes, Foss postponed a decision on the project, continuing the hearing to 1:30 p.m. April 8, at the county’s Rood Administration building in Nevada City.
At least some residents were protesting the short notice given to residents before the March 11 hearing.
“As a resident and homeowner of Alta Sierra, I find it disconcerting that the majority of people living here have yet to be informed or given an opportunity to voice their opinion,” said Kimberly Padilla of Alice Way in a March 6 email to Nevada County Supervisor Chair Ed Scofield, who represents the county’s Second District that includes Alta Sierra.
“This project will greatly impact traffic flow in and out of Alta Sierra, increasing traffic pollution, decreasing the natural beauty of our neighborhood and potentially lowering home values,” Padilla said. “I do not want this construction to move forward and many of my neighbors feel the same.”
Although all the speakers at the March 11 hearing were opposed to the store project, Simon said he has letters of support from more than 40 Alta Sierra business owners and residents.
Since the March 11 hearing, Nevada County Principal Planner Tyler Barrington has set up a link on the Nevada County website, http://www.mynevadacounty.com, for other neighbors who wish to make comments. To access the link, visit: http://www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/cda/planning/Pages/Dollar-General-Alta-Sierra.aspx.
Email comments may also be sent to Barrington prior to April 7 at Tyler.Barrington@co.nevada.ca.us.
According to a survey posted at http://www.aspoa.org, the website for the Alta Sierra Property Owners Association, some in the community think the Dollar General store would be a good idea.
Of the 81 responses counted in the survey, 44 were against the project and 35 in favor, with two people who had no opinion. Some 36 additional responses were received after the Dec. 31 survey deadline and were not counted.
A copy of the survey is posted on the website, along with numerous other documents related to the project.
“I think it would be a good retailer for this area,” said one of the comments accompanying a “yes” response. “I have experienced a Dollar General store in my little hometown in Illinois and good things happened.
“I hope it will create a little competition between the gas station and the market … which, in my opinion, need to clean up and update,” the commenter added.
Accompanying the “no” comments was another view:
“A Dollar General store or other discount store does not fit the shopping profile of Alta Sierra residents, and would create unwanted traffic,” the survey commenter said. “There is a Dollar General store less than 10 miles away that serves those shoppers.”
To contact Staff Writer Keri Brenner, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4239.
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