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Development files application with city

SouthHill Village is in the lead to become the first major development added to Grass Valley. The 175-acre project, which straddles La Barr Meadows Road south of Grass Valley, has already filed an application with the city and is preparing its environmental analysis.

The project will not progress further until city leaders have digested all three parts of an economic study that examines the four major developments – SouthHill, North Star, Kenny Ranch and Loma Rica. The final installment of the study is expected Nov. 8 and will be followed by workshops and public discussions.

North Star is next in line, having filed an application with the city and embarking on its environmental analysis.

Loma Rica is expected to submit an application to the city within days.

Kenny Ranch will submit an application soon, developer Brian Bisnett said.

• SouthHill Villages – 175 acres with 108 acres of open space southeast of Grass Valley. Proposes 80 smaller and 57 larger houses, a 138,000 square foot shopping center with a grocery store, Longs Drugs and clothing store, two office buildings and a 175-unit apartment/townhome complex.

• North Star – 760 acres southwest of Grass Valley. More than 2,000 residences, trails and parks, an elementary school, cultural center, sports fields, golf course, shopping center, and offices.

• Loma Rica Ranch – 452 acres northwest of Grass Valley.

• Kenny Ranch – 365 acres with 96 acres of open space.

City leaders have emphasized that all four projects, if approved, will not be constructed in the near future.

– Becky Trout

How to ensure your absentee vote counts

As the last of Nevada County’s absentee voters receive their ballots, Clerk-Recorder Kathleen Smith reminded residents Tuesday how to help ensure their votes count.

Absentee voters account for about 40 percent of all registered voters in Nevada County, according to the elections office.

Smith said the top mistakes made by absentee voters are the lack of a signature on the return envelope, a signature on the envelope that does not match the signature on the voter’s registration card, and the absentee ballot not being received before the close of polls on Nov. 2.

Absentee-ballot voters should make sure the return envelope has a signature, and, if it changes over time, residents should re-register. Absentee ballots should be mailed by Oct. 29 at the latest, or can be delivered by hand through election day to the Elections Office in the HEW Building on Willow Valley Road in Nevada City or to any open polling place on Nov. 2.

Voting rights for those with disabilities

The FREED Center for Independent Living is hosting a presentation Thursday to educate residents about voting rights for people with disabilities.

The event, held at the United Methodist Church in Grass Valley, will last from 2 to 5 p.m. and will feature a representative from Protection and Advocacy Inc.

The presentation will discuss voting rights laws, the Help America to Vote Act, accessibility issues in Nevada County, and what can be done if someone encounters a problem on election day.

People with disabilities represent 20 percent of the U.S. population, and only 30 percent of people with disabilities vote, according to the FREED Center. The center said in a press release this is attributed to access issues at polling places and accessible methods of voting.

The event is free and there will be refreshments provided. For more information, contact FREED at 272-1732.

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