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I am strongly interested in the proposed “multi-use” development, headed by Steve Elder in Grass Valley. Let me tell you why.

The people who know me know that I am against most any development in Grass Valley and Nevada City. The rules of logic and the laws of nature condemn our growth policies, for we can only use what we have. However, I am also against the phenomenon of urban sprawl. Urban sprawl is already eating away at the forests that make the foothills so pleasant, not only to live in, but to visit and share.

As I understand, there are only three ways to stop sprawl. The first is to stop population growth. This is a problem that various people have sought an answer to from the early sixties. Don’t hold your breath.

The second solution is to ban all development. Since Nevada County already lacks affordable housing and other necessary structures, this is not extremely viable.

The third option is to make our cities more dense, that is build in between structures that are already there. One way of helping this along is to eliminate zoning laws. This allows the space the be used in a more efficient manner. A single neighborhood can have all you need for living, shopping, school and work. This also eliminated the need to drive further than your own neighborhood, thus cutting down on air pollution and smog.

This multi-use project is a good start to halt sprawl in Nevada County. However, “building on the radical center” really is only a temporary fix. When we look into sprawl at a global level, the only solution is to stop population growth.

Meghan Garn

Grass Valley

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