1 - Introduction
2 - Vision Statement
3 - Land Use
4 - Circulation
5 - Conservation
6 - Noise
7 - Safety
8 - Recreation
9 - Historical
10 - Community Design
11 - Glossary
Role of the General Plan
The General Plan is a comprehensive plan for growth and development in the City of Grass Valley and the surrounding
unincorporated area. Together, the City and surrounding unincorporated area are termed the Planning Area. Every
county and city in California is required by State law to adopt a general plan (Article 5, Section 65300 et
seq. of the Government Code).
A General Plan is often compared to a "constitution" for local development, and serves as the policy
basis for all land use decisions.
Participants and Process
The Grass Valley General Plan Update commenced June 30, 1998 with a "kickoff" meeting at the Grass
Valley City Hall.
From the outset, Grass Valley General Plan Update was aided by the leadership of an appointed
Steering Committee. The Steering Committee had eight members, appointed by the City Council. Two were Council
members, two were members of the Planning Commission, and four were Members-at-Large.
Members of the Steering Committee:
- Linda Stevens, Councilmember/Vice Mayor (Committee Chair)
- Patti Ingram, Councilmember
- Lisa Swarthout, Planning Commissioner
- Howard Levine, Planning Commissioner
- Paul Aguilar, Member-at-Large
- Sharon Boivin, Member-at-Large
- Mark Johnson, Member-at-Large (former Mayor)
- Paul Schwartz, Member-at-Large
The Steering Committee was appointed effective June 1, 1998, and participated in consultant selection and pre-project
activities. The Steering Committee has guided General Plan activities through bi-monthly meetings with staff and
consultants; sponsored Public Workshops designed to afford members of the public opportunity to participate in
General Plan development; and served as the City's decision-making body throughout General Plan formulation.
Staff support was provided by City Administrator Gene Haroldsen, Community Development Department Director Kyle
Kollar, City Planner Bill Roberts, Associate Planner Gary Price, and Planning Commission Clerk Judy Roth.
The lead consultant on the General Plan Update was Quad Knopf of Roseville, California, represented by Gene
Smith, Vice President and Director of Planning.
- Mogavero Notestine Associates (Community Design)
- Hausrath Economics Group (Economics, Market and Fiscal Analysis)
- kdAnderson Transportation Engineers (Circulation)
- Brown-Buntin Associates (Noise)
- Cultural Resources Unlimited (Historical/Cultural)
General Plan Elements
The 1998-99 Grass Valley General Plan Update includes revisions to the following General Plan Elements:
- Land Use
- Conservation/Open Space (formerly separate elements being combined)
- Safety (formerly Safety and Seismic Safety Elements, being combined)
- Community Design (formerly Urban Design)
The consulting team assisting in General Plan preparation conducted the Environmental Impact Report on the General
Plan. "Issue Areas" addressed in the EIR were:
- Land Use and Planning
- Air Quality
- Biological Resources
- Cultural Resources
- Geology and Soils
- Hydrology and Water Quality
- Parks and Recreation
- Public Services and Utilities
- Transportation and Traffic
Figure 1-1 shows the Planning Area for the Grass Valley General Plan Update. The Planning Area comprises the
city limits (also shown in Figure 1-1) plus unincorporated portions of Nevada County surrounding the City of Grass
Valley. Figure 1-1 also shows the current Grass Valley Sphere of Influence.
City General Plans typically embrace more than just the city limits, reaching out into peripheral unincorporated
areas. This practice allows General Plans, which are updated every 10 to 20 years, to include areas outside the
city which: 1) are likely to be candidates for annexation during the life of the General Plan, 2) affect, and are
affected by, city actions and 3) receive, or might reasonably be expected to receive, city services.
All California cities have a sphere of influence, typically encompassing an area broader that the city limits.
The sphere of influence is useful for purposes of planning service and facility extensions, and for establishing
joint city/county land use planning and regulation prior to annexation.
Goals, Objectives, Policies, and Implementation Actions and Strategies
The General Plan is fundamentally a "policy document." The goals, objectives, and policies contained
in the General Plan will be used to guide the city's physical growth and development during the next twenty years.
By definition, a "goal" is a general expression of community values which sets a direction or ideal
future end, condition, or state. An "objective" represents a specific end condition which is viewed as
an intermediate step toward attainment of a goal. A policy is a specific statement to be used in guiding decision
making, based on General Plan goals and objectives. Implementation actions and strategies are directives which
carry out General Plan policies.
Goals, objectives, policies, and implementation actions and strategies are divided into subject areas based
on the various General Plan Elements. The numbering system is based upon the subject area and type of statement.
The following abbreviations are used:
- Goal (G)
- Objective (O)
- Policy (P)
- Implementation Actions and Strategies (I)
Facts and Figures
This section contains statistics developed or used during the course of the General Plan Update (Table 1-1).
FACTS AND FIGURES, GRASS VALLEY AND PLANNING AREA
|Land Area, in Acres (July, 1999)
|Grass Valley Planning Area, Total
|City of Grass Valley
|Planning Area, Unincorporated Portion
|Planning Area (estimated, January, 1999)
|Planning Area (projected, Year 2020)
|Planning Area (projected increase 1999-2020)
|City of Grass Valley (estimated, January, 1998)
|Median Household Size, Planning Area (estimated 1998 and assumed through 2020)
|Single Family housing units - persons per household
|Multi-Family housing units - persons per household
|Housing Units - 2020 Total and Projected Net Increase (1999-2020 - Planning Area)
|Total housing units, 2020 (excludes institutions/group quarters
|Total net housing unit increase, 1999-2020
|Single Family housing units net increase
|Multi-Family housing units net increase
|Housing Units - Estimated (1999) - Planning Area
|Total housing units (excludes institutions/group quarters)
|Single Family housing units
|Multi-family housing units (includes duplexes)
|Mobile home/Manufactured Housing
|Housing Units - "Buildout" - Planning Area
|Projected total housing units at buildout, Planning Area
|Total net housing unit increase, 1999 to buildout
|Employment Projections - 1999-2020 Net Increase - Planning Area
|All Other employment categories
|Total Projected Employment Increase, 1999-2020
|Employment-related Additional Acreage Demand Projections - Planning Area - 1999-2020
Added Acreage Needed to Accommodate Projected Added Demand
|Retail/Commercial Land Uses (44 workers/acre)
|Office/Professional Land Use (26 workers/acre)
|Manufacturing/Industrial Land Use (14 workers/acre)
|All other employment categories
No acreage estimated
|Total increase, 1999-2020
209 acres +*
* Excludes additional acreage demand for "all other" category, above. All other includes government,
institutional non-governmental land uses, self-employed workers, and home-based businesses.