Rob Wood: On Berriman Ranch project |

Rob Wood: On Berriman Ranch project

I would like to clear up misinformation written by Ray Bryars (Other Voices) on Sept. 25. When the Berriman Ranch project was approved in 2010, it was the intent of the developer to construct a short trail segment from the subdivision to Kmart.

At the time of approval, Kmart had “tentatively” agreed to the idea and indicated they would grant an access easement. Recently, as we entered the design phase of the project, we once again approached Kmart to secure an access easement. Their board reviewed various tie-in locations and ultimately decided not to grant an easement because they did not want to direct the public behind their buildings where there is no public access.

Neighboring property owners who did not oppose the trail connection in 2010 came forward and expressed concerns of a “trail to nowhere” that essentially looked down into their bedroom windows. Trying to be a good neighbor, it was agreed to remove the trail entirely. This was not a “bait and switch” as Ray Bryars indicated. The developer looks forward to constructing an extensive trail network throughout the remaining property to connect to adjacent subdivisions, Wolf Creek and beyond in addition to providing over 40 acres (35 percent) of permanent open space.

Thankfully, the Grass Valley Planning Commission is able to weed through the misinformation, see the bigger picture and make decisions based on facts and reality.

Rob Wood lives in Grass Valley.

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