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February 26, 2014
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Camp Augusta to request use permit


Organizers of historic Camp Augusta will attend the Nevada County Planning Commission this week with a proposal for a use permit to bring the 80-plus-year-old wilderness mecca up to county code and to double the size of one of the buildings.

The public hearing on the Nevada City camp — which offers wilderness retreat programs for children and families, a summer camp, trips and outdoor education classes — will come before the commission at its meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Rood Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City.

This would be the first use permit for Camp Augusta, at 17530 Lake Vera-Purdon Road, as its original construction in the 1930s predates the existence of such code requirements.

The proposed use permit would include permission to replace the existing 1,840-square-foot kitchen and office structure with a 3,183-square-foot building in the same location. The proposal also includes regrading the existing driveway for better access.

Nevada County Assistant Planner Joseph Scarborough is recommending approval of the use permit, subject to measures included in a mitigated negative declaration of environmental impact.

The mitigated negative declaration means that even though the proposal “could have a significant effect on the environment, there will not be a significant effect in this case because revisions in the project have been made by or agreed to by the project proponent,” Scarborough said in the staff report.

According to Scarborough, though there will be a larger kitchen and office building, organizers are not seeking to increase occupancy. Current occupancy is a maximum of 90 visitors and 45 staff members, or 135 people.

The proposed project includes a new septic system for the kitchen and office building. The camp proponents, in their plan, also are identifying locations for a future director’s cabin and maintenance building.

Camp Augusta is about 2.5 miles north of Highway 49 and Nevada City. Lake Vera is east of the site, with Rock Creek in the northeast corner. The south fork of the Yuba River is about two miles north of the camp.

To contact Staff Writer Keri Brenner, email kbrenner@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.


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