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Elitist to say no?

“Smart growth.” What a joke.

Years ago, the area was struggling to survive, but people moved here for the quiet small town feel, unique architecture and the surrounding beauty. It was enough to “get by.”

Now, the 49 freeway advances. Thousands of soulless tract homes are being built. We’re becoming a bedroom community for commuters and retirees because housing is cheaper for commuters (not locals).



We are being told that gutting the county’s general plan, cutting trees, condemning houses/land for new roads and water/sewer/gas/electric/phone lines, adding taxes for new or improved roads/traffic lights/police/fire/school/government services, jamming more traffic onto already failing streets using bizarre mitigation “solutions” (think Idaho-Maryland/East Main), streaming garbage trucks, worse pollution – this is good and inevitable.

Developers’ own consultants showed Grass Valley’s growth (twice the state average and faster than the regional average) has harmed us.




The possible billion dollars net profit (!) that developers stand to make won’t do you and I much good when we’re stuck here in the aftermath with higher taxes, choking traffic and pollution, and generic, mindless chain stores.

Elitist to say no? We’ve done more than our share. Bigger is not better. This demands a vote!

Terry Lamphier

Grass Valley


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