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Nevada City updates its strategic plan

Nevada City has updated its strategic plan, adding several new objectives and updating others that have been completed or are in progress.

Among the new additions are increasing beautification, as well as attracting, developing and retaining quality employees. To that end, the city is currently working to find a new full-time city manager.

David Brennan, Nevada City’s current part-time manager, has announced that he’s looking to step down in the near future. The city has already conducted interviews and narrowed the field of applicants down to three possible candidates. They plan to hold a closed-session meeting this week to review those.

“We expect someone to be on board some time in the month of June,” Brennan said.

“It depends on when the decision can be finalized.”

The beautification element of Nevada City’s strategic plan update contains two components: increased code enforcement efforts and the implementation of an ordinance restricting single-use plastic bags.

According to city documents, six significant code violations had already been resolved as of early April. Four more were in the process of getting resolved, and another four were pending.

These are mostly issues of visual blight such as nonoperable cars, illegal signage or lighting that violates the historic ordinance.

There has also been significant progress in the city’s effort to implement a single-use bag ordinance.

On May 1, Nevada City held a public meeting to present the ordinance’s latest draft.

“There were a few questions brought forth by those that had attended, and I’d say the vast majority of the people were in favor of it,” Brennan said.

They also discussed the results of the city’s recent bag-ban survey, which Brennan said was strongly in favor of the current ordinance draft. City staff will bring another draft to the council at a meeting in late May or early June.

This strategic plan was prepared and released in September 2013. The earliest version on the city’s website dates back to July 2010.

To contact staff writer Dave Brooksher, send emails to or call 530-477-4230.

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