Developer wants to build 56 houses near airport |

Developer wants to build 56 houses near airport

A development company wants to build 56 houses on 45 acres of land zoned for industrial use adjacent to the Nevada County Airport.

The Scotty Kazuo and Nancy West Mizukami Family Trust owns 108 acres of land within the Loma Rica Ranch Special Development Area on Idaho-Maryland Road. Winds Aloft LLC wants to change 45 acres of that land to residential zoning.

Original plans called for nearly 15,000 square feet of building area within a landmark oak grove, according to a staff report on the project. In resubmitted plans, the building envelope has been moved, and 4,700 square feet of area remain within the oak grove.

The property borders the airport, is considered a high fire hazard area, and a cordoned-off portion of the site contains hazardous mine waste rock, the report said.

On Thursday, The Nevada County Planning Commission will review the developer’s request to change the zoning and subdivide the property, along with a plan to manage the landmark oak groves, at the commission’s 1:30 p.m. meeting in the Board of Supervisors chambers at the Eric W. Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City.

“They want to reserve the right to come back later and have more information to support General Plan amendments,” Associate Planner Stephanie Wagner said.

The Planning Commission is not expected to support allowing 45 acres of residential space, but may agree to six residential lots on 18 acres, leaving 90 acres of open space, Wagner said.

Commissioners already have filed a motion of intent to not recommend support of the zoning changes or amendments to the General Plan, but the Board of Supervisors could still OK the request, Wagner said.

Other agenda items include:

• The proposal by the Nevada County Winery Association for the approval of a sign plan to direct locals and tourists to local vineyards, wineries and tasting rooms.

• An application by Bill Manning to subdivide 27 acres into three lots ranging from 5 to 12 acres on Matthew Lane off of Wolf Road in southern Nevada County.


To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail or call 477-4231.

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