A long time construction and heavy equipment company on the southern outskirts of Grass Valley is agreeing to move forward and become part of the incorporated city. A pre-annexation agreement between Hansen Bros Enterprses and the city was recently approved by the city council. Hansen Bros has been bart of Nevada County since 1953 and has had its headquarters on La Barr Meadows Road since 1961. The city has been looking to expand its sphere of influence and annex approximately 456 acres of land on both sides of Highway 49, and Hansen Brothers owns most of the lots on the east side above La Barr Meadows Road. Pevious annexation discussions with Hansen Bros were never fully completed and the company has acquired additional land in the last several years. A consultant representing Hansen Bros shared concerns the company has with annexation.
Other concerns include potential increases in the cost of doing business, increases in cost of services, and costs of mandated upgrades by becoming part of the city.
Community Developement Director Tom Last says the preannexation agreement addresses Hansen Bros concerns, and Mayor Lisa Swarthout agrees the plan has taken some time.
The city already has received a $160,000 Senate Bill 2 Grant to pay for planning and environmental work for the expansion.
Land use agreements will be discussed at future meetings.