Whispering Pines Specific Plan

This Specific Plan for the Whispering Pines Corporate Community serves as its own zoning district.  Such a district is tailored to this location where a broad and complex development concept is involved.  General zoning provisions have been provided to establish a Specific Plan Development District.  The type of development can be industrial, commercial or residential, some subcategory of use of some combination of uses.  The purpose is to main City control over development standards and appearance while offering developers flexibility in parcel assembly, construction phasing and funding of

Downtown Strategic Plan

The City and the Grass Valley Downtown Association recognized the need to craft a policy document that would guide the future of the downtown.  Such a document would see to preserve and enhance the downtown district as the City’s cultural, historical, retail and business center.  The intent of the Plan was to analyze market conditions, examine expansion/in-fill opportunities for new or expanding business, and create an implementation plan to guide future development and improvements within the downtown area.

Community Design Guidelines

The Community Design Guidelines are intended to provide design professionals, property owners, developers, and citizens-at-large with a clear and common understanding of the City’s expectations regarding the aesthetics and functionality of development proposals in Grass Valley.

Design Review Guidelines for the 1872 Historic Townsite

The Design Review Guidelines for the 1872 Historic Townsite are intended to comply with and further define the design standards and development regulations found in the City of Grass Valley's Development Code, Municipal Codes, General Plan (Chapter 13 - Cultural/Historical Resources), Downtown Strategic Plan, and specific planning documents.  The design review guidelines do not override existing regulations, yet they will provide an important tool for both the public and the City of Grass Valley,

Historic Preservation Ordinance

The Historic Preservation Ordinance established regulations and procedures for the protection, enhancement and preservation of properties, structures, sites, artifacts and other cultural resources that represent significant and distinctive elements within the 1872 Historic Townsite. This includes the City’s cultural, educational, social, economic, political and architectural history.

Historical Commission

To encourage the preservation of the City's historical and architecturally significant resources, the Historical Commission was formed.  The Commission has identified and designated historical properties within the City and recognized property owners who have maintained or restored these historical properties.

General Plan Documents

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.

Planning Division Overview

The Planning Department develops and applies land use policies.  It is one of 3 departments within the Community Development Department supervised by the Community Development Director responsible for overseeing and guiding development activities in the City of Grass Valley.

Major activities include:

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