Trina Kleist writes about Public concerned about use of input, August 31, 2006
Residents say city OKs growth criteria despite feedback from workshops
Residence of where? Nevada City, Rural County, or true citizens of Grass Valley. How may Citizens form Grass Valley?
The city of Grass Valley has held several public workshops in recent weeks to gather comments from residents regarding growth issues, especially the terms under which four large housing developments will get their applications processed.
The city supplemented that process with a public opinion survey in March on the issues people think are important.
Joe Heckel, city community development director, has said it is unusual for a city the size of Grass Valley to go to such an extent to get public input.
Right we heard the complainer about growth at every public meeting. It was always the same faces, the same song, and the same out come. Many of the voices were not even from Grass Valley, they were from Nevada City and the County. The City Council is elected to represent the citizens of Grass Valley, not the County or Nevada City. The elected representatives on the City Council did what was best for the citizens of Grass Valley. If not, then Citizens need new representatives.
Last week, City Council members approved criteria for processing the four developments. The criteria were unchanged from earlier versions, although 140 people had participated in a public workshop on the topic two weeks before.
I was at the works shop and there was maybe one person in the room under 40, well several of the ladies were claiming 39. The point is there were NO young people at the workshop, those that will benefit most from increases in the supply of homes in the market. I will bet that 99% of the people at the workshop already had a home. So a small minority, less then one percent of the population of Western Nevada County, wants to superimpose their vision on Grass Valley. I am pleased to hear that the Council showed some leadership in moving the SDA process forward. \
Now, public concern about the scale of the Dorsey Drive interchange is beginning to make itself felt at the council level - but late in the game, possibly jeopardizing funding of the project.
Now the people complaining about traffic are attacking one of the solutions the Transportation Commission has been working on for over 20 years. If the Council deep sixes the Dorsey Drive Interchange funding, they deserve all the traffic congestion and grid lock that will result. If they kill the Dorsey Drive funding, as a Commissioner, I will be inclined to send future traffic congestion reduction funds to Truckee with my vote, where it will be well spent. Truckee has some true visionary leadership!