Final environmental report for Dollar General project available (FULL REPORT) |

Final environmental report for Dollar General project available (FULL REPORT)

The final environmental impact report for the Dollar General project is now available for public review.

The report, consisting of Volume I and Volume II, lists potential issues with the three sites and how, if possible, they can be remedied.

Issues include aesthetics, lighting and traffic at the 10166 Alta Sierra Drive, 17652 Penn Valley Drive and 12345 Rough and Ready Highway sites.

The public now has the chance to review the document and comment on it, said Tyler Barrington, principal planner with the Nevada County Planning Department.

“People can write comments up to the day of,” Barrington said.

No meeting has yet been scheduled for when the Planning Commission will vote on whether to accept the environmental report and approve the three sites. It’s expected before the year ends.

People can email their comments to or mail them to the Planning Commission, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City, CA, 95959.

The stores, controversial since first announced, would impact the three sites in different ways, the environmental report states.

According to the report, the Alta Sierra site would significantly alter the area’s character, create new artificial light sources and impact oak trees.

The report calls for compliance with the Nevada County design guidelines to mitigate the aesthetic issues. To fix lighting concerns, the developer must submit a plan detailing how new lights would affect the site. Construction crews should avoid mature trees and nature vegetation, which will help preserve the oaks.

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The Penn Valley site also would bring new artificial lights, which led to a site lighting plan for it as well. Already in an area with businesses and on a major traffic corridor, no mitigation is needed on that count because of its placement in the area.

The report states the Rough and Ready site would “substantially degrade” the character of the area, citing its rural, residential aesthetic. No mitigation is available.

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


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