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When it comes to more housing, think infill

A recent Other Voices writer was correct about community growth based upon sustainability, but her example was wrong. The ideals sought by the author are thankfully already in place in Nevada City and Grass Valley: walkable nationhood communities.

With good foresight, Grass Valley’s general plan encourages sustainable growth with emphasis on infill that can utilize the mixed-use zoning along the city’s main corridors.

Infill is encouraged on the 800-1000 “available to build” lots that currently exist within Grass Valley. These lots are available for growth without the construction of very, very expensive infrastructure.

To use Loma Rica as a model is forgetting the fact that expensive streets, sewer, water and power will all need to be extended to reach out into this open space for development. This is not a wise choice for resources in a tight economy – especially with the proposal of a taxpayer-funded Dorsey interchange that would let this huge development be possible.

Once all that brand new infrastructure is built, it will fall on the taxpayers to maintain it. The current budget from Grass Valley shows the city does not have the money to take care of the infrastructure we already have without cutting funding to police, fire and other essential services.

A large development at Loma Rica will only cost Grass Valley and the taxpayer money. If we must build more housing, then infill first – we have plenty of it!

Amy Hustead

Grass Valley

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