Fears of NH 2020 raised – again | TheUnion.com

Fears of NH 2020 raised – again

Concerned a controversial land-use survey is infiltrating Nevada County’s planning work, county staffers were directed Tuesday to report on what has become of Natural Heritage 2020.

“In all fairness, we need to revisit it,” said Supervisor Drew Bedwell, who became a leading critic of NH 2020 during his campaign last year.

Bedwell wants to know if any findings and recommendations of the study are being used in the General Plan, which is undergoing its required five-year update. During his campaign, he called the study an infringement on private property rights.

Nothing so far has been used in the General Plan draft, planning director Mark Tomich said, and any inclusion would require board approval.

Given that, Supervisor Barbara Green asked why the county needs to revisit the issue.

But board Chairwoman Sue Horne shared Bedwell’s interest in learning what had become of the study.

“I have questions about how the whole process is going to work,” she said.

Supervisor Peter Van Zant said three NH 2020 working groups – on forestry, recreation and agriculture – all made recommendations that the board approved. But he’s curious to learn what’s become of a biological inventory of the county.

Tomich will report his staff’s findings March 25.

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