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End to affordable housing requirements OK’d for nine developments

Ending affordable housing requirements for nine developments won approval Tuesday by Grass Valley City Council members who cited the drop in housing prices and the obstacles the requirements pose for builders.

The decision affects a total of about 70 units set aside for affordable housing in the nine developments.

Vice-Mayor Dan Miller said that with lower housing prices, the city requirement, “just doesn’t make any sense.”

Andy Cassano, of the firm Nevada City Engineering, supported ending the requirements.

“These polices are not the right way to accomplish housing affordability,” he said.

Cassano praised Grass Valley for being in front of a lot of jurisdictions and recognizing the severe economic recession.

City Council candidate Howard Levine said the lifting the requirement will help development proposals move forward and, “put people back to work.”

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