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Nevada County supervisors will consider awarding a $162,469 contract for an environmental review of a proposed large subdivision east of Nevada City.

Earlier, county planners chose Cotton/Bridges Associates, which has offices in Pasadena, San Diego and Roseville, to perform a review of environmental impacts of the proposed 193-lot Deer Creek Park II subdivision east of Nevada City.



The firm has performed numerous environmental reviews in Placer and El Dorado counties, said Randy Chafin, a principal with the firm.




“We recognize that it’s a big project for that area – and an important one – that will be watched carefully,” Chafin said. “We’re familiar with the issues that are particular to hillsides and tree-covered topography.”

Nevada County planners keep a file of firms that do such work and contacted five of them to perform the review on the Deer Creek Park II subdivision, said senior planner Tod Herman.

Three consultants responded to a request for proposals to perform the review. Herman said planners chose Cotton/Bridges Associates to do the work, largely because Chafin came so highly recommended by people in Placer and El Dorado counties.

Nevada County-based Terra Alta Development Corp. filed its application for the project in February 2001.

An EIR is required under the California Environmental Quality Act because it’s anticipated that the project will create significant adverse impacts that cannot be mitigated, Herman said. An example of such an impact could be a large increase in traffic, he said.

Supervisors will also consider amending a contract for carrying out measures to lessen the impact of a 320-home south county subdivision and 18-hole golf course called DarkHorse.

A landscape planner’s rate went up to $75 an hour, Andy Cassano, an engineer with Nevada City Engineering, explained in his letter to county supervisors asking for the slight increase. The project proponents, Quail Point, Inc., will pay the cost.

The contract was increased in December 2001 from $79,967 to $82,757. The new amendment would raise the cost to $83, 267. So far, the project team – planners, engineers, biologists and a landscape architect – have spent $24,239, county planners report. The team plans to come in under budget, Cassano wrote.

The contract would run until June 30, 2003.

WHAT: Nevada County supervisors consider contract for an environmental impact review of 193-lot Deer Creek Park II subdivision

WHEN: 9 a.m., Tuesday

WHERE: Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City


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