The City of Grass Valley Development Code carries out the policies of the Grass Valley General Plan by classifying and regulating the uses of land and structures within the City, consistent with the General Plan. This Development Code is adopted to protect and promote the public health, safety, comfort, convenience, prosperity, and general welfare of residents, and businesses in the City. More specifically, the purposes of this Development Code are to:

  • Provide standards and guidelines for the continuing orderly growth and development of the City that will assist in protecting the historical small town character and community identity of Grass Valley;
  • Conserve and protect the City's natural beauty and setting, including scenic vistas, cultural and historic resources, hills and trees;
  • Ensure that proposed development and new land uses conserve energy and natural resources;
  • Create a comprehensive and stable pattern of land uses upon which to plan transportation, water supply, sewerage, energy, and other public facilities and utilities;
  • Ensure that development is of human scale, primarily pedestrian-oriented, and designed to create attractive street scapes and pedestrian spaces;
  • Minimize vehicle traffic by providing for a mixture of land uses, pedestrian-oriented development, compact community form, safe and effective traffic circulation, and adequate on- and off-street parking facilities;
  • Provide neighborhoods with a variety of housing types to serve the needs of a diverse population; and
  • Ensure compatibility between different types of development and land uses.
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