Reasonable growth |

Reasonable growth

We are bordered by Placer County, fastest growing in the state. Placer’s non-partisan board positions are now occupied by partisan candidates backed by development dollars, resulting in unbridled growth.

Nevada County’s current General Plan allows for reasonable growth. The elected 2002 supervisors sought dilution of that plan; four large developments surfaced, and rescinded a 30-year ban on building on steep slopes, contrary to fire-fighting concerns.

They appointed John Spencer to the Planning Commission. The emergence of the same partisan dollars in Placer County along with the dollars of the county’s largest property owners is now evident in candidate Spencer’s campaign. Spencer’s spouse, the Grass Valley mayor, recently downplayed the development projects by misrepresenting the status of two of the projects in this paper. He campaigns under the same guise as voiced in Placer County for the need for affordable housing, which has resulted in urban sprawl with escalated housing costs.

The reasons we choose to live here are the beauty of the natural resources and our rural quality of life. We favor fair and balanced land use that protects the environment. Support candidates that will defend our current General Plan, not dilute it for accelerated growth.

Ann Meigs

Grass Valley

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