Roger Hager: ‘Highest and best’ use for whom?
June 25, 2018
Another 30 acres of open land goes under for a housing development. Grass Valley planners say "highest and best" use is a development.
"Highest and best" use. For whom?
The owner makes a load of money for sure. The City of Grass Valley makes a load of money in future taxes. The neighbors and the county lose, as a farm goes away.
"Highest and best" use. That term has transformed the area around Grass Valley from what it was, into what it is.