Deer Creek II moves ahead, but battle far from over |

Deer Creek II moves ahead, but battle far from over

Despite strong public objections about traffic, water quality and fire safety, a controversial subdivision one mile east of Nevada City took another step forward today.

But Nevada County Supervisors made it clear the onus will be on developer Lance Amaral to find solutions to people’s concerns before they approve the 193-lot Deer Creek Park II development. The decision came in the form of a unanimous vote rejecting three appeals of the project’s environmental report.

Chairman Nate Beason said the vote “in no way predicts what this project will look like or whether it will be approved.” He also said public concerns voiced all day about added traffic on Boulder Street, which leads to the subdivision, and worries about wildfire evacuation routes were admitted in the county environmental report.

The vote also meant the supervisors seemingly are content for now that septic systems at the project would not pollute the headwaters of nearby Little Deer Creek, one of Nevada City’s water sources. Senior Planner Tod Herman Trina Kleist 10/24/06 CQ on Tod Hermantold the board “the likelihood of all the (septic) systems going haywire at the same time is minimal.”

A standing-room-only crowd also let everyone know the five-year battle over the project is far from over. Attendees included newly elected Nevada City Councilwoman Barbara Coffman. She predicted the project’s new residents would create about 2,000 new trips per day, based on an urban traffic model, and not the 1,600 trips the report expected based on a rural model.

“Boulder Street was designed for a horse and buggy, not for thousands and thousands of cars,” Coffman said. County developments have ignored impacts on Nevada City roads for decades, she said, and suggested the city should introduce some length, width and weight limits for vehicles that travel it.

A standing-room only crowd protested the proposed Deer Creek Park II subdivision this morning at the Nevada County Board of Supervisors meeting.

The hearing aired three different appeals of an environmental planning document for the 193-lot project on 580 acres of land one mile east of Nevada City.

One of the appeals came from the City of Nevada City, whose representatives said the state-mandated environmental study does not deal sufficiently with added traffic the project would bring to Boulder Street. City officials said they have no way to deal with traffic due to the existing narrow road, where houses sit close to the street.

Representatives from neighborhood associations said the document does not sufficiently address noise from the additional traffic, or the lack of fire evacuation routes. They also said it does not address a threat to the purity of Little Deer Creek, which feeds Nevada City’s water supply.

For the full story, see Wednesday’s edition of The Union.


To contact Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

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