Consolidated fire district needs rezoning OK’d for it to sell surplus land |

Consolidated fire district needs rezoning OK’d for it to sell surplus land

Three fire stations owned by Nevada County Consolidated Fire District have been victim to break-ins and vandalism over the past several years.

No one was there to stop the crime, as the stations haven’t been staffed in more than a decade.

The fire district now is poised to sell the properties as surplus. Buyers are prepped, and the pending sales are in escrow. The deals, however, hinge on the Nevada County Planning Commission’s Friday rezoning recommendation, followed by the Board of Supervisors’ vote in June.

“Over the years, with the responsibilities of our volunteer programs changing, construction of new stations, we’ve got three facilities we haven’t used in over 10 years, except for storage,” said Deputy Chief Jerry Funk.

“It costs money to have those facilities,” he added later. “It’s time to move on.”

The stations, at 13115 Ridge Road, 13376 Quaker Hill Cross Road and 10085 East Lime Kiln Road, have both zoning and land use designations. The two must be similar for the new owners to use them.

The Ridge Road station needs only its land use designation changed, from Public to Neighborhood Commercial. It’s already zoned Neighborhood Commercial.

The land use designation for Quaker Hill Cross station would become Urban Single Family from Rural Commercial. Its zoning would change to Single Family Residential from Public.

The East Lime Kiln station would have its land use designation change to Estate from Public. Its zone would become Residential Agriculture from Public.

“Everything now is contingent on the rezoning from the county,” Funk said.

Funk anticipated the sales would occur about a week to a month after the rezonings occur, putting the transfer in July.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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