Compromise struck on mini-storage project |

Compromise struck on mini-storage project

An application to build a mini-storage facility off of Gracie Road near Nevada City can move ahead under county zoning rules, despite being within the city’s sphere of influence.

Nevada City council members this week signed off on a compromise allowing resident Roy Arashi’s proposal to process his mini-storage application through the county in exchange for allowing two parcels closer to Gold Flat Road to be annexed into the city.

All three of the parcels fall within Nevada City’s sphere of influence, giving the city a voice in the matter.

The city’s zoning doesn’t allow mini storage within its limits, but the county’s light industrial zoning does. Nevada City crafted its zoning ordinance in 1987.

“They were very worried about aesthetics and land use compatability,” said Laurie Oberholtzer, a former city council woman and land use advocate, referring to the council.

The general plan refers to supporting the visual character of “a historic town surrounded by open forest.” Oberholtzer supports the mini storage ban.

Council members made their decision after several hours of discussion Wednesday night.

The approval does not allow construction of Arashi’s proposed mini-storage facility.

It allows for the Nevada City Planning Commission to review the design and for the Nevada County Planning Commission to decide the project’s fate.


To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail or call 477-4234.

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