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Managed growth initiataive makes ballot

Enough registered voters in Grass Valley signed petitions supporting the Managed Growth Initiative to put the measure on the November ballot.

Nevada County Clerk-Recorder Gregory Diaz today certified 847 signatures out of 881 gathered by Friends of Grass Valley, the coalition of two nonprofit organizations – Citizens Concerned About Traffic and the Rural Quality Coalition – formed to support the measure.

The measure needed 620 verified signatures to qualify.



In a blitz of activity over a period of about two weeks, volunteers went door-to-door and set tables in front of area stores, including BriarPatch Market in Grass Valley.

The measure would require a public vote for any development project that would have a more intensive use of a property that what the city’s 2020 General Plan calls for. It also would extend the life of the plan’s land use element until 2038.




The land use element was based on a map approved in 1982; the general plan was approved in 1999.

Supporters say the measure is needed to give residents a greater voice in land use decisions and keep fuure development in line with the general plan, created after years of work involving many people and citizen groups.

Opponents say it would push developers to take their projects to Nevada County for approval in the unincorporated areas and create rural sprawl.

To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail tkleist@theunion.com or call 477-4230.


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