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“Glamp” ground on Nevada City Planning Commission agenda

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What: Nevada City Planning Commission

When: 1:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: 317 Broad St., Nevada City

Inn Town Development, headed up by Dan Thiem of Nevada City’s Outside Inn, would like to build a campground at 9 Kidder Court with a total of 70 campsites and 104 parking spots on 15.35 acres.

The proposed project includes 15 RV sites and another 15 miner’s tents or upscale “glamping” sites with electricity, beds and furniture. The facility would also include 40 regular tent sites and up to 15 communal fire pits — most of which would be gas-powered — and a swimming pool.

Plans also call for a 3,000-square-foot building with kitchens, laundry and a TV/reading room.

“We’ve had a lot of really positive feedback,” Thiem said. “Most of it is people saying that’s a great idea for the town.”

“It’s kind of an underserved part of the market, when you think about recreation and accommodation,” he added. “It’s a little niche looking to be filled. When we tell people about it, they’re really excited.”

Nevada City has received a number of letters of support for Thiem’s project, which can be found on the city’s website at http://www.neva dacityca.gov.

There’s a historic Chinese cemetery on the property, but staff reports indicate the bodies were exhumed and shipped back to China between 1890 and 1930. The site also comes with two defunct mine shafts from the New and Old Mohawk mining operations.

Those features will all be preserved for historical access.

“There’s a preservation easement on the property already, so there are some covenants that are very specific about what you can and can’t do there,” Thiem said.

The application also includes plans for tree removal, taking out approximately 10 percent of the 2,000 trees on site.

Thiem says this will widen existing roads to meet current access standards for the fire department, but it will also address public safety concerns associated with diseased or structurally unsound trees falling.

“We want to be as ecologically cognizant as we can, but we still want to make sure the site is safe,” Thiem said. “But because it’s a campground, we want to hang on to as many of those trees as we can.”

Thiem said at the very earliest, the “glamp-ground” might be up and running by June 2016. The matter will be taken up by the Nevada City Planning Commission at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, in the council chambers at city hall, 317 Broad St.

To contact Staff Writer Dave Brooksher, email dbrooksher@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.

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