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3 industrial buildings proposed for Penn Valley

The Nevada County Planning Commission will consider Thursday a proposal to build three industrial buildings off Highway 20 in Penn Valley.

The proposal by James and Joan Graham, who live at the 5.5-acre site on Cattle Drive, would likely involve moving their house to make way for the three buildings that would include 13 spaces. One building is proposed to contain three spaces; another, four; and the third building, six for light manufacturing firms.



Proposed building colors are brown, split-faced block walls, tan on stucco highlights and a green metal roof. Landscaping would be required to make the project blend with the surroundings.




Two mini-storage unit businesses — Highway 20 Storage at 17212 Cattle Drive and Gateway Personal Storage at 17350 Cattle Drive — are near the proposed site at 17310 Cattle Drive.

Cattle Drive is across Highway 20 from Western Gateway Park and the Penn Valley Village Center and west of the intersection of Rough and Ready Road.

The land was zoned industrial in the mid-1980s, said Tod Herman, associate planner for Nevada County.

The site includes two protected groves of live oaks and valley oaks. A manmade pond on the site might be filled in. An off-site leach field is proposed for sewage disposal and an on-site well would be used for water, according to the application with the county.

The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. At 6:35 p.m., commissioners are scheduled to consider a General Plan amendment on the 1,050-acre Darkhorse project adjacent to the Placer County line on the Bear River near Lake of the Pines.

The amendment, as well as some rezoning, are to correct inaccurate acreage labels on the approved tentative parcel map, according to a 290-page report from the the county Planning Department.

The rezone proposes to increase the 200 acres of recreation to 260 acres, decrease the 436 acres of open space to 390 acres, and decrease the 260 acres of residential space to 250 acres.

The approved tentative map labeled 200 acres as recreation, but the area depicted on that map is 260 acres. Open space is labeled as 436 acres, but only about 390 acres are depicted on the map.

The project includes a maximum of 223 dwelling units and an 18-hole golf course, driving range, clubhouse, conference facility, golf academy and a golf course maintenance facility.

Among the revisions described in the lengthy report as “minor” is changing one connection of Landon Lane directly to Combie Road, instead of Hayfield Loop.

Know and Go

WHAT: Nevada County Planning Commission considers an application for a 58,078-square-feet of buildings in Penn Valley

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Board of Supervisors chambers, Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City


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