The hit job on Grass Valley’s managed growth initiative |

The hit job on Grass Valley’s managed growth initiative

I’ve been noting The Union’s hysteria about the land-use initiative for Grass Valley. It was no sooner announced than we were treated to days of non-stop features and editorials, in as many ways as possible trying to discredit the initiative. So far we’ve seen name-calling, character assassination, one-sided distortion, marginalization and innuendo. This shows it has struck a nerve among those who think their dreams of wealth and success rely on rapid growth.

But this initiative is our chance to have a say in the way Grass Valley’s City Council has been entertaining huge development proposals that are out- side of its General Plan. It is really a rather conservative initiative and only affects the land-use section of the GP (not zoning or affordable housing targets). Most such laws limit growth to an annual percentage (1 percent or 2 percent) or limit the number of yearly building permits. This initiative just wants us to stick to the General Plan (developed with much community involvement), which already allows GV’s population to double over the next 30 years. But that’s not good enough for some.

Such growth management laws have been in place for many years in places like Chula Vista, Petaluma, Saratoga, Escondido, Sonoma and Napa County, and no one seems to be suffering.

So why the hit job by The Union? The more people here, the more Union subscriptions sold. Please think for yourself and give direct democracy a chance to work.

David Adams

Penn Valley

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