Loma Rica Ranch will become a “model foothills development” and it could “even get a ball field,” The Union is reporting, pointing to an expected 5-0 vote for the project late Wednesday by the Grass Valley City Council.
I wonder, though, if it also might face a big, fat lawsuit to stop the project as it gets further scrutinized.
The City Council had a chance to pass the project the first time around but balked. Some of the opposition centered around “leakage” of retail from downtown to the new project — an unfortunate and myopic focus.
Since then, the “smart” housing project is, well, less smart, opponents have argued. They point to the loss of a horse park as one example.
Now, however, the city could really use some revenue, and the contractor’s association could really use some jobs.
But the same opposition to the project exists. I was hopeful that the “growth vs. no growth” contingent could reach a compromise the first time around, when Phil Carville ran the project.
But no such luck: Now we’re back to the more traditional polarized state of affairs, with the same personalities involved.
This will become more apparent after an application is submitted to Nevada County’s Local Area Formation Commission (or LAFCO). Stay tuned.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
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