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Bedwell’s appointee steps down

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He’s resigning as a Nevada County planning commissioner, but Dr. George Rebane isn’t resigned to the requirement he leave.

On Tuesday the 62-year-old computer scientist announced he had to step down because he’s moving from Grass Valley’s Cypress Hill in District 3 to the Cement Hill neighborhood in District 1.

Rebane had hoped he could move within the district and keep his seat on the Planning Commission but that didn’t work out.

Rebane represented District 3 after being appointed to the Planning Commission in mid-January by that district’s supervisor, Drew Bedwell. But county ordinance requires Rebane reside in the district he represents.

“I think the ordinance is ill-advised because the Planning Commission and the planning commissioners serve countywide,” he said. “They have no charge of being parochial to one district.”

Bedwell shares Rebane’s outlook but said he has to move quickly on finding a replacement. The Planning Commission has been providing technical advice on updating the county’s General Plan, which is required every five years and scheduled for public hearings in the coming months.

“I like him because he can see both sides of the spectrum,” Bedwell said.

Rebane and his wife moved here in July from Topanga, near Malibu, and he instantly took to the county’s planning and development issues.

“We’re right in the path of the Sacramento-Roseville-Rocklin bulldozer that’s coming up here,” he said.

Rebane will stay on until the Bedwell finds a replacement, keeping four of the Planning Commission’s five seats filled. Of the five supervisors, Robin Sutherland has yet to appoint a commissioner, according county Senior Analyst Patrick Ward.

Commissioners are paid $75 for a half-day’s work, $140 for a full day. The commission’s chairperson receives $85 for a half-day, $160 for a full day.

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